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by Shane Adler June 13, 2017

I've been fortunate enough to travel with the company over the past 6 years. These travels have taken me around the States to open our retail stores and to China, Italy and Mexico- everywhere we make product.

Within these travels I have always appreciated each community for the inspiration it shares with me. I'm inspired by: The people, streets, color, food and especially families in different cultures.

Now to the place where my ancestors are from- Israel.

Israel gave me joy in the most unusual places. I had time to people watching and discover street art everywhere!

I traveled with the essentials- Getaway Tote, Everyday Pouch and Flat Pouch. These were my tools for comfort and creativity.

The first few days in Israel I couldn't find my place mostly due to jet lag.... I don't think I spoke the first few days besides trying to eat the delicious and fresh food. My staples were Israeli salad, Coffee and Red wine.

What I discovered on my journey was a long-forgotten reminder, an old-world tradition.... of gratitude and desire to give back.

I heard an amazing man speak about his journey to climb Everest and save a man instead of making it to the top.  If he had chosen to continue climbing, Ben-Yehuda would have been the youngest Israeli ever to make it to Everest's summit.

"How long will your body take the abuse of your mind?" -Ben-Yehuda 

After I heard that quote, I realized how selfish the majority of my life can be. It is so simple to open your mind and ask questions. This trip gave me back a sense of curiosity in the human condition. 

We all know the two common statements.

"Absence makes the heart grow fonder" and "Out of sight out of mind".

For me it's about the heart growing fonder.

This trip opened my eyes to human conflict and the desire to give and care for others.

How do we all create an environment that we can call community? I will continue to explore this idea as this trip winds in and out of my day-to-day experience.

I loved the Old City in Jerusalem.

Then to Tel Aviv.

I explored Old Jaffa in Tel Aviv.

The Port at Old Jaffa.

Took a pouch selfie with the clear blue Mediterranean.

The Cafes in small alleys.

Sound of the holy prayers on Shabbat.

The Greek market and flea markets and food stalls were something I’ve never seen before. I now understand what Will means when he wants the feeling of a Bazaar in his store. With oodles and oodles of creativity to explore around every corner.

And the street art on doors in Tel Aviv.

 

My favorite part of Jerusalem was the people and openness to telling me about their families. I didn't always know where I was going but that can happen even at home....

I'm not always sure of what's going on but my philosophy is to stick with it and ask for help when you don't know what to stick with.

"Keep telling your story until it's the story you want to tell."

 

Thanks for reading!

-SHANE 

Shane Adler

Will Leather Goods

Brand Director

 

 

 

Shane Adler


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If you are in a dryer (hot or cold) climate please condition your product as soon as it feels less supple, dull or faded. Vegetable tanned leather when conditioned should feel slightly oiled and look rich. Similar to the nature of skin it needs to be moisturized as soon as it feels dry. We charge $25 + shipping for conditioning or head to a store for onsite conditioning for Free and the full Will Leather Goods experience.

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Any warranty claims associated with the below list are not considered manufacture defects and are not covered within our Lifetime Guarantee policy. At the discretion of Will Leather Goods, a fee may be incurred for repair.

Any warranty claims associated with the below list of merchandise categories do not fall within our Lifetime Guarantee policy.

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The following have a limited 1 year warranty that is valid from the date of purchase. At the discretion of Will Leather Goods, a fee may be incurred to the user to repair the merchandise if the warranty claims does not fall within the 1 year timeframe.

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If you purchased Will Leather Goods merchandise from one of our Valued Retailers, please contact them directly to facilitate a return or exchange.

To help protect our customers and make sure every return or exchange is dealt with fairly, we reserve the right to not refund the following,
-Will Leather Goods is not responsible for any missing packages or COD
-Customer is responsible for shipping cost
-We reserve the right to refuse delivery of packages received without a Return Authorization 
-All return and exchange requests must be received within 30 days of purchase either online or from our Will Leather Goods retail locations.
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-We have the right to charge a restocking fee of 15%, if product is not returned in original condition.
-Monogrammed merchandise is not eligible for a refund or exchange. All sales are final.
-Items that were not purchased directly from Will Leather Goods (such as items purchased at thrift stores, online sellers or garage sales)
-Items with a missing label or an item that has been defaced
-On rare occasions, based on the nature of prior transactions
-Without a receipt and a valid ID in our stores
-Items that have been soiled or contaminated, until they have been cleaned
-Items lost or damaged due to fire, flood or natural disaster


Product Care Information

We highly recommend using leather care treatment to maintain and preserve your leather products: Product Care

Our wax coated canvas is coated with paraffin which makes this water-resistant, but not waterproof. If your canvas product gets wet, we recommend you let it air dry thoroughly in a warm dry place. If at any time your canvas has scratches or marks, these can typically be reduced by using a hair dryer on medium heat to help the wax soften and absorb back into the canvas.

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The general rule of thumb for our belts is to go up two sizes from your pants size. So if you are buying a belt for a man who wears a size 32 pant, he will need a size 34 belt. Looking to try it out beforehand? Come into a Will store near you for "custom fitting"!
Pant Size Belt Size
30 32
32 34
34 36
36 38
38 40
40 42
42 44
The general rule of thumb for our belts is to go up two sizes from your pants size. So if you are buying a belt for a woman who wears a size 6 pant, she will need a size small belt. Looking to try it out beforehand? Come into a Will store near you for "custom fitting"!
Pant Size Belt Size
0 - 2 XS
4 - 6 S
8 - 10 M
12 - 14 L
16 - 18 XL
The sizes are determined by buckling the collar and measuring the inside circumference.
Small Medium
11" (1st Hole) 15.5" (1st Hole)
9.75" (3rd Hole) 14" (3rd Hole)
8" (5th Hole) 12.5" (5th Hole)
Large X-Large
20" (1st Hole) 23.75" (1st Hole)
18.25" (3rd Hole) 22" (3rd Hole)
17" (5th Hole) 19.75" (5th Hole)
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The monogram has existed since 350 B.C., but came into popularity as steam ships started to cross the Atlantic to help identify the trunks and luggage of the travelers. Today, the monogram remains a functional identifier, while also lending personal style to your leather goods.

Personalize your product or gift with monogramming in either our small serif font (1/4") or our large sans-serif font (1/2") shown above. We use traditional heat stamping to emboss into our vegetable tanned leather.