We've created something we are truly proud of. In collaboration with Alaskan leather artist Mary Hayden and the innovative Tidal Vision, producer of 100% sustainable wild Alaska salmon leather, we've made a minimalist wallet sourced from Alaska and made in Alaska. Swap your bulky wallet for this subtle statement piece, a classic wallet that will stand the test of time and become more beautiful as it ages. Subtly branded with the Salmon Sisters logo and constructed with pieces of ocean blue and natural brown salmon leather, scales and all, these tiny treasures are a show-stopper.
Our wallets are cut by hand one at a time, hand-stitched, and the edges hand-burnished by leather artist Mary Hayden. She constructs them from 3-4 oz vegetable tanned leather from Wickett & Craig Tannery in Pennsylvania, one of the few authentic American tanneries left today. This leather is sturdy while stretching to accommodate the wallet's contents, and darkens with use and age to a lovely patina. The wallets are hand-sewn using waxed linen thread in a two needle saddlestitch. This kind of stitch is stronger than that sewn by a machine. Once assembled, the wallet is treated with a beeswax-based leather conditioner.
Mary Hayden, our talented wallet maker, moved to Homer, Alaska from Georgia six years ago. She started working with leather after her son Wyatt was born last year. Making something tangible and learning something new from each project she took on was a welcomed reassurance during the strange time of new motherhood. Mary works from her home in Homer, and welcomes commissioned leather projects. If you're interested in commissioning something or have questions about her process, contact Mary: email@example.com.
Tidal Vision, the supplier of our sustainable wild Alaska salmon leather is an innovative company working to upcycle fishery biproducts and encourage sustainable fishing. Our salmon skins are sourced from Alaska, home of the world's most sustainable fisheries, and treated to withstand time and ware. Learn more about Tidal Vision and support their future ventures!
Our wallets can be purchased on our online shop.
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Over the summer we gathered stories from Alaskan young fishermen and local makers. We then shared snippets from each story on our social media channels. This project was born out of a desire to share an inside look at the lives of Alaskan seafaring people and entrepreneurs. Everyday we become more and more inspired by these brave, hardworking Alaskans. Enjoy the following stories from a few of the Alaskan fishermen and makers we've talked to this summer. Stay tuned for more stories this fall!
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