Best Leather Goods - 2013
Premium leather accessories that Ron Swanson could get behind are the specialty of Phoenix-based brand Bison Made. And before you ask: No, their stuff isn't made of bison. (The razor strops are made of horsehide, though.) The company's wallets, phone cases, and sleeves are handcrafted at its studio inside monOrchid, which you can visit on First Fridays for a behind-the-scenes look at how and where the beautifully designed items are made. The brand's motto is "designed for life," and the folks behind it say that if proper care is taken of a Bison Made piece, there's no reason it shouldn't last a lifetime — or longer. Beyond that, all the materials are sourced in the United States, and no rubber, glue, plastics, or linings are used in Bison Made products. That rules out any "I'm rubber, you're glue" jokes, but we're pretty sure you'll stick with your Bison Made wallet once you make the investment.