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UPDATE: The Giveaway has been closed and a winner picked, congrats to Kevin S. of Colorado! Thank you to all who entered and became fans. In a show of appreciation, on Monday I will be emailing out all who entered a fairly large coupon to use in the shop. Thank you again for becooming fans and helping to spread the word about my Leather Goods. I am a small business that depends on the good word of my customers and fans in order to grow, so I truly appreciate the positive response! Over 500 people entered the contest with a total of 3,004 entries, that’s a serious stampede. Keep an eye out for the next giveaway!

Sincerely,

Mr. Lentz


 


 

Today I am posting a very large giveaway of a recent creation of mine: The Leather Messenger Bag. After spending two months in the design phase building, tweaking and re-working this…it’s ready for sale for those who want a lifelong leather bag. Let’s celebrate by having a giveaway (a $280 value)!

Anyone can enter:

– The more ways you enter – the more points/entries you earn which increase your chances of winning.

– The winner will be picked at random at the end of the giveaway (August 1st 11:59 pm PST).

Mens-leather-messenger-bag-shoulder-bag_210_0009Handbuilt to last a lifetime. Made with Full-Grain Vegetable-Tanned leather from the top tannery in the U.S. I hand cut the pieces, dye with an all natural handmade dye, oil, wax, and assemble with solid brass hardware. No stitching means no stitching to wear out down the road. Built to fit anything 12.5 inches wide and up to 9 inches tall, and about 3 inches deep. Fit your laptop, tablet, books and notebooks comfortably.Mens-leather-messenger-bag-shoulder-bag_210_0014Riveted up the side with solid brass hardware.Mens-leather-messenger-bag-shoulder-bag_210_0039The backside has a built in slim pocket to store a notebook or papers. Secured with a brass snap.Mens-leather-messenger-bag-shoulder-bag_210_0040Mens-leather-messenger-bag-shoulder-bag_210_0055Available in three all-natural colors including Sun Tanned Natural, Western Brown and Desert Night Dark.Mens-leather-messenger-bag-shoulder-bag_210_0093Mens-leather-messenger-bag-shoulder-bag_210_0129The strap is adjustable for all heights and includes a comfortable shoulder pad to help disburse the weight. Every bag comes with the signature Mr. Lentz Spiff N’ Shine – an all-natural handmade leather conditioner for high quality leather goods.

 

  • Jamie McNamara - July 23, 2015 - 5:47 pm

    I love my wallet from you.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Wachsmann - July 23, 2015 - 5:51 pm

    I got my boyfriend a wallet from you and he absolutely loved it!! I would by from you again and again!!!ReplyCancel

  • Janine Walker - July 23, 2015 - 5:51 pm

    My husband absolutely adores the wallet I purchased for him. The messenger bag would be a fabulous accessory to develop his country style and complement the durable, rustic nature of the wallet.ReplyCancel

  • Oliver Holton - July 23, 2015 - 5:53 pm

    Great wallet, would love to have to bag aswell.ReplyCancel

  • Captain D - July 23, 2015 - 5:53 pm

    I loved the wallet.. Great work!!ReplyCancel

  • Mark - July 23, 2015 - 5:53 pm

    Love your wallets!ReplyCancel

  • Maurice K. Muia - July 23, 2015 - 5:55 pm

    I love your custom wallet!ReplyCancel

  • Emily brown - July 23, 2015 - 5:56 pm

    Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Emily brown - July 23, 2015 - 5:57 pm

    Husband loves his wallet btwReplyCancel

  • Jen - July 23, 2015 - 6:00 pm

    My husband says your wallet is the best he’s ever owned! It is absolutely durable, unique, and handsome.ReplyCancel

  • Daniel Parker - July 23, 2015 - 6:01 pm

    Beautifully crafted as always. Have a wallet and very pleased, rustic and natural is what you do best… Keep up the amazing work. Australia luvs this, especially me… and I am spreading the word.
    God blessReplyCancel

  • Jim Atkinson - July 23, 2015 - 6:02 pm

    I love the wallet I got for a present and have recommended it to my friends! Great stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Lexi - July 23, 2015 - 6:13 pm

    This bag looks great. Don’t have any of your leather work but my engagement ring came from you and it’s perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Ryal Roe - July 23, 2015 - 6:15 pm

    Awesome looking man! Looks professional, custom, and personal. Keep it up. I would love to have one of these for carrying around my aircraft paperwork.ReplyCancel

  • Lexi - July 23, 2015 - 6:16 pm

    Maybe it’s my phone but I don’t see how to enter. Help?ReplyCancel

  • Emily m. - July 23, 2015 - 6:30 pm

    That bag is awesomeReplyCancel

  • Anna - July 23, 2015 - 8:04 pm

    Awesome wallet!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandra - July 23, 2015 - 8:58 pm

    I love this messenger bag! This would be the perfect gift!ReplyCancel

  • Hédi Darmos - July 23, 2015 - 9:08 pm

    This bag is perfect! Everyone would love such a gift!
    You are working wonderfully with the skin!ReplyCancel

  • Todd - July 23, 2015 - 9:29 pm

    Love my wallet and this bag looks greatReplyCancel

  • Emily brown - July 23, 2015 - 9:49 pm

    I’d love this bag!ReplyCancel

  • Tim FitzPatrick - July 23, 2015 - 10:43 pm

    Wallet = awesomeReplyCancel

  • Adam - July 23, 2015 - 10:59 pm

    Looks great, simple and durable!ReplyCancel

  • logan garner - July 23, 2015 - 11:11 pm

    Looks beautiful!! What an amazing gift you have.ReplyCancel

  • Laszlo Kiss - July 23, 2015 - 11:18 pm

    I like the smoothness and the smell of this type of tanned skin.
    Perfect work! Nice shape!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Townsend - July 23, 2015 - 11:31 pm

    I have been searching for a bag like this forever!!! Love it!!ReplyCancel

  • Hedvig Berényi - July 23, 2015 - 11:37 pm

    I love this bag!ReplyCancel

  • Patty Thompson - July 24, 2015 - 4:59 am

    I bought my husband your slim wallet and he loves it. I’ve been jealous until now. This bag looks amazing, if I don’t win, it’s on my Christmas list!ReplyCancel

  • Sean Truby - July 24, 2015 - 6:01 am

    Love my custom Wallet my wife got me. Would love to add this bag in desert dark night to match ReplyCancel

  • Litta - July 24, 2015 - 6:14 am

    I’d love to have this bag!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - July 24, 2015 - 6:49 am

    Awesome! I love this bag!!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan Nichols - July 24, 2015 - 7:55 am

    Nice bagReplyCancel

  • Amanda - July 24, 2015 - 8:26 am

    My boyfriend loves his wallet, and it’s aged so nicely! The bag is beautiful, and it’s definitely on my wishlist!ReplyCancel

  • holly - July 24, 2015 - 8:44 am

    I bought a wallet for my hubby for valentine’s day. he loves oiling it and taking care of it, so much so I should be him more oil. I am thinking about buying my dad a wallet for his Christmas present but he is so picky wit wallets. but he did like the one I bought my hubby….the plot thickensReplyCancel

  • Emily brown - July 24, 2015 - 3:37 pm

    What a beautiful bagReplyCancel

  • Emily - July 24, 2015 - 5:02 pm

    What a beautiful bag!ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine - July 24, 2015 - 7:58 pm

    I bought my son a wallet last year. So smooth and well worn. I bought a clutchReplyCancel

  • Lorraine - July 24, 2015 - 8:03 pm

    I bought my son a wallet last year. It’s worn in so soft. I bought a clutch for myself. I love your work. Worth every penny.ReplyCancel

  • Andi - July 24, 2015 - 9:02 pm

    You create so many beautiful and functional pieces. This bag is just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - July 25, 2015 - 12:58 am

    Love the minimalist look!ReplyCancel

  • E. brown - July 25, 2015 - 1:00 am

    So very sleekReplyCancel

  • Emily - July 25, 2015 - 1:03 am

    Hmmmm not sure what color I’d choose. Love the craftsmanship…..just like my husband’s wallet.ReplyCancel

  • Jean - July 25, 2015 - 5:58 am

    Je viens tout juste de recevoir mon porte-feuille et WOW encore mieux que prévu (just received my wallet and WOW, better than expected) 5/5ReplyCancel

  • Emily B. - July 25, 2015 - 4:01 pm

    After seeing how my husband’s wallet has molded to his body and become softer and smoother with use…….I’d love to carry this bag everyday and see how it is transformed. Yes, I really want this bag.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Brown - July 25, 2015 - 4:06 pm

    I am absolutely fascinated in the construction of this bag…….I see no sewing stitches….just simple rivets lining the side……jewelry in its own right.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - July 25, 2015 - 4:09 pm

    I’m loving the back snap pocket. Absolutely perfect for quickly and efficiently retrieving and stowing my IPhone.ReplyCancel

  • Emily Brown - July 25, 2015 - 4:19 pm

    This bag would be perfect for caring my laptop across town.. The adjustable cross chest strap and extra support at the shoulder would keep everything comfortable and secure slung to my back as I speed away on my bike.ReplyCancel

  • Emily - July 25, 2015 - 4:21 pm

    The sun tanned natural is divine!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy - July 25, 2015 - 5:22 pm

    I love this bag! Would love to win it!ReplyCancel

  • holly - July 25, 2015 - 6:19 pm

    I think the tanned is my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • holly - July 25, 2015 - 6:20 pm

    I’m going to post more too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - July 26, 2015 - 10:34 am

    My husband was always experimenting with different wallets. He finally has a keeper. And, the messenger bag is beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - July 29, 2015 - 12:08 pm

    My hubby has a wallet. It’s even better the older it gets!ReplyCancel

  • Emily - July 31, 2015 - 11:21 am

    This bag would be awesome for work, school…..even carrying my sketchbook!ReplyCancel

  • Jordan - July 31, 2015 - 11:32 am

    my boyfriend loves the wallet I bought from you!ReplyCancel

  • Mike Fried - July 31, 2015 - 12:04 pm

    Some things in life are just about perfect – they do more than you expect them to do. That kinda thing is rare, but the wallet you made is one of ‘em. It looks damn good and it feels damn good. Tough and somehow also elegant. No matter where I am, I feel like I’m carrying in my pocket a night under the stars out West, embers of the camp fire burning down, my boots crossed, stars like shining powder thrown over the sky.

    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Ray - July 31, 2015 - 1:13 pm

    My Mr Lentz wallet makes me so happy every time I pull it out of my pocket. It’s slowly developed a beautiful colour and become so soft too!ReplyCancel

  • Adam clarke - July 31, 2015 - 1:35 pm

    Quite simply the best wallet I’ve ever owned…never going back or anywhere else!ReplyCancel

  • holly - July 31, 2015 - 1:52 pm

    Holly here, hoping I get a bag :(ReplyCancel

  • Hannah - July 31, 2015 - 8:38 pm

    Absolutely ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️! So does my husband! Most definitely the best wallet he has EVER had. U are extremely talented, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Davey - August 1, 2015 - 12:16 am

    Love the slim bifold wallet I bought from you! The bag looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Allison - August 1, 2015 - 11:33 am

    My husband is a SuperDad (triplets, plus 1). He loves his Mr. Lentz wallet and I know he’d adore this bag too!ReplyCancel

Well it’s about time this cowboy caught up with some current trends. I am now on Instagram, Twitter and continuing  to post on Facebook. Regular updates about whats happening in the workshop, new projects, sales, giveaways and more will be posted to all three accounts. Recently I have been posting about my latest creation – the Leather Messenger Bag. A design that took about 2 months in the making. It has finally arrived and is available in the shop! Check it out and let me know what you think. I will be writing more on its features in a future post.

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  • Farrah Jafri - July 24, 2015 - 3:25 am

    Love the wallet I bought from you. Messenger back looks great, nice work!ReplyCancel

  • holly - July 24, 2015 - 8:47 am

    I love this item, but that’s kinda all mr.lentz workReplyCancel

  • Emily m. - July 25, 2015 - 4:23 pm

    Cool business ya got goin’ there!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Pierce - August 1, 2015 - 6:53 am

    I WANT this bag!!! It’s delicious!!!!ReplyCancel

july sale stamped walletsHappy July to y’all, a truly good month for America. To celebrate I am stamping all leather goods orders with your name or initials for only $1. Yep, for only a buck you can personalize that fine piece of leather goodness. In other news, the Mr. Lentz workshop has moved! A new location with a bit more space, photos coming soon. Finally – be on the lookout for a couple new products popping up in the shop. There’s a big one coming in about a week or so, it’s a big step for Mr. Lentz leather goods!

To get your $1 stamped item, go ahead and order as usual, then input the name/initials in the addon box under stamping. No coupon code necessary! Head over to the online shop now to take a look.

Yer hair gettin’ bushy? Need to corral up that ‘do? Well yer in luck because now you can do it in style.

steel comb and leather case

Sometimes that wind will blow yer hairs straight up to the backside of yer head. That’s where this stainless steel comb with leather sheath come in to save the day. You will be a good lookin’ cowboy again in no time at all. No need to don the 10 gallon hat to hide the mess.leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0029The comb – built from high grade stainless steel right here in the U.S.A. is sheathed in a handmade cut of leather so fine and minimal it’ll bring tears to yer eyes.leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0030leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0035Branded with the Mr. Lentz logo and hand stamped with a unique sequential number signifying the order in which it was made in the history of Mr. Lentz goods.leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0042leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0043leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0013leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0069leather-comb-sleeve-comb-switchblade-full-grain_055_0082Now available in the Mr. Lentz Shop.

Call me fashionably late, my good sense of timing revealed that I should probably put this little post up about a new leather purse design…after Mother’s Day had passed. Whoops! Anyhow, it’s a beauty and took me just over a month to design, test, redesign, test again and whiddle down the fine details to get it just right. The result is another classic looking purse that has a good amount of room on the inside for all those lady-like goods. Designed to hold up to two separate and removable inserts containing pockets and snapable pouches, helping to keep it all organized. The Leather Crossbody Purse is made with the same high quality Full-grain Vegetable tanned leather that I use with my wallets and other goods. This type of leather is the absolute best you can buy in my opinion. It will show some of the original textures and scarring from the cow’s lifetime adding a world of stories to the purse. The shoulder strap is adjustable for the smallest lil’ lady up to the tallest and can even be removed if needed. The top closes with magnetic snaps making reaching in and out very convenient. Well, anyhow – I am sure there is plenty more to say about it, but I don’t like to ramble too much. I’ll let the pictures do the talkin’.
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CakeWhiskey1_900The wonderfully crafted small business magazine Cake & Whiskey recently did a feature on my workshop with a full interview. I just finished reading through the rest of the magazine – it’s full of great stories of artisan entrepreneurs workin’ hard to build their businesses. Go check them out and sign up for a copy here, I just did. I have included a few short questions and answers from the interview below, but go on and check out the magazine for the full feature.mrlentz-portrait-maker-workshop_0085

Give us a walking-word-tour of your work space. Do you think it resembles that of a craftsman a century ago?

There is a lot to be said for keeping a simple, clean and efficient workspace. When I started out, I was horrible at putting tools away and being organized. Over time I have developed a few organizational skills that are key for keeping a good workflow going. My workshop has parts that are fairly typical of any leather workshop from 200 years ago. I have a solid workbench, a lot of basic hand tools used for cutting, carving, grooving, stitching, punching, pounding, stretching, clamping and much much more. I set this all up in front of a nice wide window so I can work in natural light for most of my day…I love it. A few advancements in the shop include a shipping station where I can easily sort and package up orders, a dyeing station, drying station, and lots and lots of shelving space for all kinds of little pieces I never knew I would need.

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In your line of work, where do you feel you have the most purpose? What are you most passionate about creating?

You know – I particularly enjoy creating tutorials for my blog and fellow readers. I love teaching the art of leather craft and my particular angle on it. It is an immense field full of a lifetime of learning. I feel like those new to leather are just so stunned at all the knowledge to be gained that they don’t know where to start. So – I make very simple and practical tutorials to get people up and running with very detailed photos of each process. If I had more time I would create 1 a week. I also love designing new goods for the shop. It is a long and fun creative process that can really be a good mind bender when trying to figure out the practicality of putting an idea onto paper and making it work in real life.

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You said in another interview that ‘you should always follow your passions.’ How have you found the magic of turning your passion into profit?

I think the magic of turning a passion into profit begins with believing in yourself, your idea, and not letting anything or anyone dissuade you or make you feel that it isn’t worth it. It really isn’t magic at all, I think the reality is that if you really want your passion to also work as a means for income…you are in for a lot of long hard work. During the startup process of my business and continuing today I spend a lot – almost all – of my free time – invested in my business. Unlike any other generic job…this actually doesn’t bother me one bit. Even on my days off I find myself back in the workshop tinkering with a new idea or making a gift for a friend. That’s where the passion comes in, nothing feels like work anymore.

mrlentz-portrait-maker-workshop_0182What’s most important to you about Mr. Lentz? 

Well, I would like my leather goods to make an impact on people and restructure how they carry their life. My goods are designed and meant to be minimalistic, thus allowing people to think about what they actually need to carry versus what they currently stuff into their wallets or bags. I enjoy the minimal ethic to a large degree, I think we could all benefit from pairing down our lives into simpler living and lifestyles. I think this is especially important as our society grows more complex and busy. Also – I would love for my blog to help inspire more people to make things with their hands. I can’t imagine how many incredible artists are out there just waiting to discover themselves, if only they would put down that smartphone or tablet and make something useful with their own bare hands.

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