C.L. Whiting and her Leaf Leather One of a kind works of art to wear with pride
Below and on the following pages is CL Whiting's magnificent Leaf Leather Collection by category.
The leather hides used for each piece of Leaf Leather are individually hand stamped by CL with selections from more than 20,000 tools she created by hand over 20 years. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind work of art and minor natural character differences will be present.
The examples shown for each piece of Leaf Leather on these pages are only representative. They are NOT the actual pieces we have in stock or what you will receive when ordering. We will gladly email you images of our in-stock pieces.
The artist suggests that you let her choose your leaf pattern. Should you wish a specific piece in a specific leaf design and CL has it in stock, there is no added fee. If not, there is a 10% charge for custom work and up to four weeks extra is required. Please email us via our Contact page to inquire about custom designs.
Learn more about CL Whiting and her Leaf Leather at the bottom of this page.
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C.L. Whiting's Leaf Leather is sought out by museums, worn by celebrities, carried in the world's finest galleries, and collected by men and women throughout the globe. Leaf Leather's story began more than 25 years ago in upstate New York, where C.L. developed a love for nature and a passion for detail. While working part time at a small leather shop and studying art at a New York university the opportunity arose for her to become an apprentice under an Italian engraver who was retiring and hoped to pass along his technique for making finely detailed tools to someone who would appreciate it. After years of study, C.L. began to create her own process. By combining her drawing skills with the specialized engraving skills she learned in apprenticeship and devoting countless hours to her passion for detail, C.L. discovered the ability to produce tools in the shape of leaves with uncanny microscopic detail (see closeups). She withdrew from the university and over the next two decades developed more than 5,000 tools in myriad intricate leaf patterns. Only with time, the highest quality materials and utmost personal attention to detail are the handbags and accessories designed by C.L. Whiting released for sale -- each piece a unique work of art, tooled like an artist painting a picture, and no two ever alike.
CL now offers six colors of Leaf Leather. We stock her bags and accessories in brown, our clients' favorite and select pieces in her new color, Caribbean, with seahorses and sea grasses. We can also custom order grey, blue, emerald and red. Please contact the gallery to order custom colors and patterns. Note: these custom, one-of-a-kind pieces can take 3-6 weeks to make and are non-refundable.You can view different colors of CL Whiting's Leaf Leather here.
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