The Counsel Bag -- Fix It Yourself


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  • Crafted with full-grain, vegetable-tanned Leather, this Counsel Bag is well worn and loved. It's in need of a couple repairs or alterations that can easily be DIY-ed. Restore it to its original design or add your own innovations. The timeless design and patinated leather will last for years to come. 

    DIY Fix: The Worn Counsel is missing a piece of locking hardware, as pictured, but is still functional. It may not include a crossbody strap.

    Imperfect Leather Goods with a Backstory, Ready for a Second Life

    Committed to an old-school, hands-on style of customer service, WILL offers a lifetime guarantee for many of our new goods. It's WILL's promise to customers that should a purchase be affected by a manufacturing defect, we will repair or replace it, guaranteed. While we repair whenever possible, occasionally replacement is called for. It's all part of the natural warranty process. 

    As a result, WILL has a fluctuating supply goods that aren't quite in working condition, but are close to it and could be again with a little help. 

    The full grain, vegetable tanned leather of these imperfect goods has broken in, developed a patina, and is truly more beautiful than ever. In short, it's too good to simply salvage for parts. So we're putting these bags back into the universe for you to get at a great price and fix yourself. Whether you're an experienced leather worker, an aspiring craftsperson, or on the hunt for amazing leather pieces at a great price point, these bags are for you. Here's an opportunity to innovate the design. Repurpose or salvage the materials. Give a second life to a piece with a backstory. Wherever the spirit moves you, now is your chance to continue the journey. 

    One final note: Goods sold in our Fix It Yourself Collection are imperfect, sold as is for a great price under the condition that you fix them yourself. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. Fix it Yourself goods are NOT protected by WILL's lifetime guarantee. If you have any questions about the condition of any Fix it Yourself goods, would like to see more images, or would like to consult about fix techniques, we're happy to discuss. Just reach out to us!

    Handcrafted with full grain, vegetable tanned Italian leather, The Counsel features a stacked leather handle with gel padding and a convenient detachable and adjustable leather shoulder strap for added comfort. A solid brass turn-lock provides further protection to your belongings. The fully lined interior is comprised of one padded central compartment for a 15-inch laptop and two dividers. The front divider features a protective zippered pocket and an organizer panel for your sunglasses, phone and pens. Store confidential documents and a legal pad in the back divider.

    • 17" X 13-1/2" X 5-1/2"
    • Certified Italian Veg Tanned Leather
    • Full Grain Leather and Poly-Cotton Twill Black Lining
    • Brass Hardware
    • Riri Zipper
    • Stacked Leather Handle
    • Frame Closure with Leather Pull Tab to Open
    • Organizer for Phone, Cards, Pens & Accessories
    • Interior Zipper Pocket: 9-1/2" X 6"
    • Padded Sewn-In Laptop Case in Center of Bag 16-1/2" X 9-1/2" - Will Fit 15" Laptop
    • Embossed Logo Interior Spine
    • Each Bag is Individually Numbered
    • Please note: the Worn Counsel is missing a piece of locking hardware, as pictured, but is still functional. It may not include a crossbody strap.
    • Designed in Eugene, Oregon
    • Manufactured by Worldwide Artisans in Hong Kong, China
  • Leather care is essential to maintaining your product for generations to come. We recommend conditioning your leather at a minimum of every 6 months. 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.

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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.


Have your receipt?
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.

Special Conditions
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

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 -
Still not sure about your size? Just contact us and we'd be happy to help you out!
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)

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 a monogram in either our small 1/4" font or our large 1/2" font. We use traditional heat stamping to deboss into our vegetable tanned leather.

All-in-One Leather Solution

Protect your investment piece with our specially-formulated All-In-One Leather Solution to ensure the lifetime of your leather collection. Handcrafted by expert artisans all over the world, our leather goods deserve to be treated with care.

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Mink Oil Crème

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