Meet the Maker: Ezra Arthur

Ezra Arthur designs products for life. They believe even the simplest, everyday objects can be heirlooms that are treasured and functional. They’re also a family business. Four brothers started the brand to honor their grandfather through heirloom-quality lifestyle accessories. They’ve focused on crafting well-made pieces that will last for generations — goods that will eventually pass from grandfather to grandson, continuing down a family line.

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These dependable keepsakes are created by balancing contemporary techniques and traditional practices, all with a focus on handcrafting. Since quality is a top priority, Ezra Arthur uses only the finest materials in every product: high-quality leathers, no plastics, rubber, or glue — everything you need for a product that improves with age.

Ezra Arthur Leather Wallets

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At the height of the economic downturn, Ezra Arthur noticed how many small factories were closing at an alarming rate. They saw how trades and old manufacturing processes were being abandoned in favor of faster, but lower quality products and they sought to do something about it. By combining modern engineering with century-old practices, they revived these old practices in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona’s waning warehouse district. The result is a repertoire of lasting goods that look as great as they perform.

Snap Pouch, $79

In order to help these objects last a lifetime as they’re intended to, Ezra Arthur offers some helpful advice. The natural leathers they use are intended to change and develop patina overtime. If however, the natural leather becomes dirty use a damp cloth to rub saddle soap into the leather, working it into a light lather. Wipe away the lather, and air dry the leather. Then, finish by oiling with a preservative, such as mink oil.

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We love Ezra Arthur’s approach to craftsmanship. Their philosophies align with ours when it comes to doing things the right way and injecting a bit of purpose and ritual into everyday tasks. Be sure to check out a few of our favorite offerings from Ezra Arthur below. 

The Keystone Rucksack 

This handsome leather bag is built to last a lifetime. Versatile and convenient, the Keystone features a large interior pocket with ample space for a 15-inch laptop and a smaller inside pocket to keep possessions that are often accessed within reach, such as a phone and keys. The roll-top nature of the backpack allows you to expand its capacity to suit your needs, making it the ideal carry good to take along for the ride on your everyday adventures.

The Keystone Leather Rucksack

Use the Flat Folio Dopp as a versatile kit to manage tools, art supplies and electronic accessories, such as headphones, chargers and cables. It can also accommodate small tablets and e-readers, including iPad Mini and 11-inch iPad Pro. The fasteners allow the bag to completely open along two sides, providing easy access to its contents. A variety of colors available.
This notebook is hand stitched and bound with full grain premium Horween Chromexcel leather and holds world renowned Tomoe River paper. It has a smooth texture that is excellent for a variety of writing instruments, particularly fountain pens. It is ultra thin and ideal to reduce bulk yet resistant to bleed through and feathering. Also available in small size, $32.
Small and medium leather notebooks
Strong and durable, the No. 1 belt is made with an English bridle leather tanned by Hermann Oak of St. Louis, Missouri so that it will be with you for years to come. The buckle and belt loop are fastened to the belt with solid brass machined rivets. Available in a wide range of sizes, colors & finishes.
The No. 1827 Pocket Comb is your classic, traditional pocket comb but made out of metal. The comb has 18 course teeth and 27 fine teeth and features an ultra-smooth satin finish to glide effortlessly through hair.

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Written by Connor Roe.

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