July 20, 2017


The Leathersmith behind Make Smith

Repost from the Antioch Odyssey Online: 

Tucked away behind Elsie’s (my favorite lounge in town), sits an unassuming little art studio. This art studio belongs to Steve Soria the designer and owner of Make Smith. Make Smith is a company that makes leather goods for men and women. This line includes wallets, belts, handbags, key chains, and products for the home. Each piece is handmade in Steve’s studio which also doubles as a showroom. Steve welcomed me into his studio space to sit down and chat about his ever growing business. As I walked into his cozy studio, I was amazed by how efficiently he set up his store. A big industrial sewing machine sits in the corner; while all of his tools are hung up against the wall. On the other side of the room, Steve has displayed all of his products ready for purchase. The Make Smith studio was so inviting that I could understand why Steve spends most of his time there.

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October 10, 2014



We were recently featured on the website for our Leather Pot Holders, and a full kitchen tour of Steven Soria, the craftsman and design behind Make Smith Leather Co. Take look at this photo set. For more details follow the link to the full article on the blog. Cheers!





September 08, 2014



To celebrate the collaboration and put the wares to use that we design for Jenni Kayne, we hosted a cocktail workshop at her Montecito Home store. For the occasion, local mixologist and barista Nick Purvis created two delicious, innovative cocktails, including the gin-based A Floral Affair, with white tea and lavender, topped off with Lillet/Champagne, and The Twisted Spoke, a tequila-based concoction with a nectarine/grapefruit mash, topped with ginger beer. Making the pairing and workshop that much better, Nick and Steven are friends, and part of Santa Barbara's burgeoning community of artisans and small batch makers.


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Refinery29 - Handmade Charm To Your Digs

Today, a creative project between Make Smith Leather Co. and Oliver & Michele was featured in the "Guest Star" feed on Refinery29. Thanks so much for the LOVE... (read more



Leather Legacy - Santa Barbara News Press

Brett from the Santa Barbara News Press paid a visit to our studio for a run-down of what we had going on the week of Valentine's Day. Thanks for coming by Brett, and we appreciate you writing such a detailed 1200 word article. Local love!

January 14, 2014

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Design*Sponge - Leather Drawer Pulls DIY

Today Design*Sponge featured our recent collaboration with Stacy and Rick of Love, Oliver and Michelle on some simple but beautiful DIY Leather Drawer Pulls.

Lonny Magazine :: Made in America

Make Smith was featured on the Lonny magazine blog today! (read more here).

Santa Barbara Magazine :: Best of Style

Santa Barbara Magazine included Make Smith's Steven Soria in their Best of Style section this month. (read more)

Style Me Pretty :: Leather Candle Holders

Our candle stick holders are getting a lot of love, this time on Style Me Pretty.

Check out the post here

Flutter Magazine :: Groomsmen Gifts

Our awesome limited edition groomsmen gifts made the news again!  This time in the spring issue of Flutter Magazine.

Check out the full issue here.

Design*Sponge :: Leather Candle Holders

Our candle stick holders were part of the table setting for a beautiful dinner party featured on Design*Sponge today.

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Santa Barbara Independent :: Groomsmen Gifts

Thanks to Matt Kettmann of the Santa Barbara Independent for featuring our limited edition groomsmen gifts in his "how-to" article. Check out the full article here.

Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine :: iPad Case

Our iPad case was featured in Santa Barbara SEASONS Magazine.

Dining and Destinations Magazine :: Make Smith and Bonita Summerland

Thanks to Dining and Destinations Magazine for the recent article featuring Make Smith Leather Co. and frequent collaborator Bonita Summerland.


Could I Have That? :: Custom iPad Case

Make Smith collaborated with Samantha Hutchinson of Could I have That? on an awesome iPad case.

Check it out here.

Scoop Homes & Art Magazine :: Hide & Chic

The home of lead Make Smith-er Steven Soria was featured in Scoop Homes & Art Magazine, and excellent modern interiors publication out of Australia.

Check out the article here

Santa Barbara Independent :: D.I.Y Classes

Thanks to Aly Comingore of the Santa Barbara independent for her feature of our D.I.Y. classes.

Read the full article here.

Beijing Sunset Magazine :: Profile

Check out our recent profile in Beijing Sunset Magazine!

Santa Barbara Magazine :: Made by Hand

Thanks to Gina Z. Terlinden for her feature on Make Smith.

December 19, 2011

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Design*Sponge :: Sneak Peek

Thanks to Amy Azzarito of Design*Sponge for her "Sneak Peeks" feature on Steven Soria's California craftsman home. Check out the post here.