Life is funny. Many people don’t know this, but Will started his career as an actor. He studied at the Goodman School of Drama at The Art Institute of Chicago. One of the best schools for acting in America. After graduating from Goodman, his acting career came quickly, staring as the lead roll in a play called “Steamers,” in Hollywood. From there, Will made his jump from stage to screen, where he worked on shows like CHiPs, Trapper John, Laverne & Shirley, Welcome Back, Kotter, The Rookiesand VEGA$.
From there, Will quickly jumped from the screen, to the BIG screen with rolls in The Van, The Pom Pom Girls, Van Nuys Blvd, and the reason for this blog, The Switchblade Sisters.
“Switchblade Sisters was the first film I ever did. I was 24 years old and I got this part playing a hoodlum in a real Hollywood Picture. There was nothing better. Famous Cinamatographer, Stephen M. Katz (Blues Brother) and Film Director, Jack Hill this was the beginning of my career as an artist and I was getting to work with some great people. It was about a gang of guys and a gang of girls. We were doing something that most people weren't- talking about girls with guns. It was my beginning." - Will Adler
The reason for bringing this up now, is because in 1996, one of our staff-favorite directors, Quentin Tarantino, purchased Switchblade Sisters and named the picture one of his personal favorites, and re-released it under his Rolling Thunder Pictures label. We still see inspiration from this film in much of Tarantino’s more recent work, such as the resemblance from Elle Driver in Kill Bill, to Patch, in Switchblade Sisters. Check out the videos below for a few scenes from the original and Tarantino's take. It might be an old classic that's not streaming anymore, but don't worry, Netflix has it on DVD.
Going back to our roots to open a store in Venice and make our own Hollywood Picture
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 colors 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, jewelry, clothing, home goods, vintage product 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.
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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.
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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.
Please let us know as much information as you can about your purchase so that we can locate a record of it. If we can't, we'll reimburse you with a Will Leather Goods gift card for the current selling price of the item or replace your item. To help ensure fairness to all customers, we do require a receipt in certain situations. Please see our Special Conditions for details
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.
-Proof of purchase is required to validate a return or exchange
-If you purchased an item from our sale page, these items are eligible for exchange or store credit only, unless marked FINAL SALE online. SAMPLE SALE product is FINAL SALE
-All returned merchandise must be in new, unworn, and original condition
-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
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 monograming. We use traditional heat stamping to emboss natural or gold foil into our vegetable tanned leather.