by Will Leather Goods Creative Team March 22, 2017

We live in a digital world, where the answer to every question is just a few clicks away. This digitization can be a great thing because it gives people the opportunity to learn about… well anything. But, not every question has a tangible answer. In order to find true authenticity and inspiration you have to experience it firsthand. Don’t just take my word for it though. Try asking Siri what it feels like to stand at the base of Yosemite Falls and watch as a rainbow forms through the mist. 

 

“Traveling keeps me motivated, keeps me inspired, keeps me in the world, keeps me aware.”

 

It is this desire… this longing to find authenticity and personal discovery that inspires our very own head designer, Jonathan Liberty, to travel. When asked about his travels, he said, “Traveling keeps me motivated, keeps me inspired, keeps me in the world, keeps me aware.” We were able to track him down in between trips to Mexico and China to ask some questions about his travels and inspirations.

 

  

Q: Favorite place to travel for work?

A: My favorite place to travel for work is definitely Paris. Actually it’s split between Paris and Tokyo, but probably Paris. Not only do I find it one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but just the way people dress, the way they really still pay attention to putting themselves together – it’s as inspirational to walk down the street there as it is to go inspiration shopping, without a doubt. Tokyo on the other hand – similar except much more eccentric in terms of its styling and street style. And in both cities, of course, I love the food.

 

Q: What bags do you travel with?

A: Lately, I’ve been carrying an Expedition Duffle. The reason why I’m carrying it [is because it] works both as my carry-on bag to fit all my stuff and I use it as my work bag when I’m on my trip. My laptop fits in there, all my files fit in there, etc. It doubles which is a good thing.

 

Q: What sort of things do you look for in a bag when you travel?

A: Great interior organization is probably the most important thing for me. Obviously quality. I’m really hard on my stuff which I thinks helps me be a good wear-tester just because I overload my bags, I’ve had people pick up my bag and be like, “What the hell do you have in here?” But I could have 75 buckles that I’m carrying to some factory, a skin of leather with my laptop, and it shows.

 

 

Q: What are your bag essentials when you travel?

A: Leather pouches. I use our former leather envelopes in three sizes: one for all my cords, one as a pencil case, and one for miscellaneous things. I try to keep the miscellaneous one empty because what I do with that is when I go through security at the airport I have an empty pouch that I can put everything in my pockets into. My phone, my wallet, my money. I wear the same jeans everyday so I have very specific things and I hate just whipping them into my bag so I keep that extra pouch for that purpose.

 

Q: Favorite detail in a bag that you travel with?

A: The Expedition Duffle has this exterior gusset pocket. I put that zipper pocket on the production Duffles because, like I said, I carry that miscellaneous pouch – that zipper pocket is meant to be that empty pouch. Because that is a travel bag, it’s for that person who wants to do the same thing except they don’t need an extra pouch though; they can just do it right in their bag in that exterior pocket.

 

When asked about Jonathan, Will replied, “I’m inspired by Jon’s voice, his commitment to the work, and his dedication to his family. He reminds me of myself at that age.” Thanks for the continued inspiration Jonathan. 

 

Jonathan's other travel essentials: 

 

 

 

Will Leather Goods Creative Team


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by Will Adler September 13, 2019

 

“Family is time—both the passage of time and the investment of time. It is commitment, it is honesty, it is what grounds us as it moves us forward. It challenges us and supports us. Family cracks our shells open, and reveals who we truly are—and who we can grow to be.”

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Our lifetime guarantee is a warranty against defects in materials (leather and hardware such as snaps, zippers, buckles, rivets, etc.) and workmanship. Our leather, as with all natural materials, will occasionally have unique characteristics such as: small scars, creases and variations in the color and are not considered defects. Validated warranty repairs are repaired or replaced at no charge.

Due to the nature of leather and vintage materials our warranty does not cover natural wear and tear from daily love. Worn edges or corners, natural fading and softening of materials is an expected occurrence.  We guarantee the foundation of our product will hold your belongings safely. We find that patches and natural wear are a part of the story that unfolds as your product grows with you. One of a kind, Vintage and Found product may need to be patched or stitch due to the nature of vintage material. We charge between $35 and $75 depending on natural wear and tear or can recommend a local cobbler to expedite repair.

Exclusions and Limitations include shoes, hats, furniture, watches, key chains, jewelry, clothing, home goods, vintage, one-of-a-kind, and FINAL SALE merchandise.

Maintain your favorite leather pieces regularly to ensure soft and supple leather. Leather can be cleaned and restored with a regimen of leather care products designed to clean, condition and protect. Leather Care can help maintain your product longer. Please see our Leather Care page for more information. We recommend conditioning your leather at a minimum of every 6 months. Learn more about how to care for your leather.

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.

If you would like to explore a non-warranty repair, please review our options for Expert Repairs for Your Product.

Warranty Exclusions and Limitations
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.

1 Year Limited Warranty Exemptions

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.

All Warranty Repair requests must be processed and validated by our Warranty Team.

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Please include it in your email request for return or bring it with you to any of our stores. This way we can reimburse your original purchase price to either your original method of payment or as a merchandise credit, or use it to help exchange your item.

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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,
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-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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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.

By purchasing products from Will Leather Goods you agree to the terms in our Lifetime Warranty. Will Leather Goods reserves to right to alter, edit or cancel our Lifetime Warranty without notice.

The general rule of thumb for our belts is to go up two sizes from your pants size. Please note that sizing may vary depending on the cut and brand of pants.

Looking to try it out beforehand? Come into a Will store near you for "custom fitting"!
Pant Size Men's Size Women's Size
26 28 XS
28 30 XS/S
30 32 S
32 34 M
34 36 L
36 38 XL
38 40 XL
40 42 -
42 44 -
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The sizes are determined by buckling the collar and measuring the inside circumference.
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8" (5th Hole) 12.5" (5th Hole)
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18.25" (3rd Hole) 22" (3rd Hole)
17" (5th Hole) 19.75" (5th Hole)

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