Phone Orders: (805) 699 - 6296. Local pickup available & orders ship within 24 hrs. Order by phone (805) 699 - 6296. Online orders will ship within 48 hours & Local pickup is available during checkout.
  • Sandal Making Workshop 2017 with Stace Fulwiler

    We're very excited to announce that famous sandal making class will be happening again this season at Make Smith Leather. Stac Fulwiler will be head down the 101 freeway from Oakland CA to teach a six our class. As always, all are welcome to participate. Here are the details:  

    When: Saturday, May 6th, 2017
    Time: 11am - 5pm
    Where: Make Smith Leather Co.  
    117 West De La Guerra St, Suite C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
    Class Fee: $250  sign up through the shop!

    Description: In a 6 hour workshop, you will learn how to make a pair of leather sandals, using your own feet for the fit and your own design for the style (or pick a design to make from my website).  We'll provide the instruction, the tools, the materials and the leather.  By the end of class you will have made your own pair of leather sandals!  You will also learn some basic leather-working techniques and you’ll leave with a handout outlining sandal-making basics, including places to source materials in California.

    State Fulwiler Sandal Making WorkshopState Fulwiler Student -Sandal Making ClassState Fulwiler Student -Sandal Making Workshop

  • TOP 3 REASONS TO SHOP AMERICAN MADE

    Even though I know it would be cheaper to produce in other countries, the reason I chose to be a “Made in the USA” maker is threefold: quality control, a close relationship with a manufacturer, and short lead times.

    1. Quality control

    I firmly know that each bag is going to be made the exact the way I want it. I  put time and effort into creating my collection and I thoroughly inspect each bag before it leaves our workshop. We ensure that everything is correct, even down to the color of the thread in the stitching.

    2. A close working relationship with our customers

    If I am ever feeling unsure about something or have a question I know I can call up my customer and talk to them, and they can call me. People do not understand what a pleasure it is to have a real person pick up a phone. Our customers are investing in my company, as I am investing into them. When they buy from us, they are buying piece-of-mind and creating a relationship with the people who've made their goods.

    3. Short lead times

    When an order is placed, it will be created as quickly as possible - usually three days. That’s something not all factories can say in the USA, and that beats any lead time overseas. Some companies working with China and Bangladesh place their order six months in advance and pray it will be completed and delivered on time. ( I could go on and on about shipping nightmares, carbon footprint and other environmental issues revolving around outsourcing overseas... but I wont. I'll save that for another blog post.