The concept of branding leather goods to reflect who you are is a process that has been around for centuries. What began as a way to identify belongings with the crests of a particular family house has since evolved into a way for luxury fashion houses and leather ateliers to offer their customers something extra for their investment. If you don’t want to splurge on a big-ticket item just for that added touch, there are many leather artisans and craftsmen establishing ateliers on a more intimate scale dedicated solely to personalised leather goods.
Being able to customise what you wear or carry is an extension of the personal style we all present to the world, and personalised leather goods are an easy way to make that style known. We’ve whittled down the best artisans to help you customise your wares, be it your initials on a wallet or a one-of-a-kind design painted on your bag. These also make thoughtful gifts should you be short on ideas for the coming Valentine’s Day, birthdays, or any other special occasion.
(Featured image credit: The Daily Edited. Hero image credit: Bynd Artisan)
Homegrown paper and leather goods maker, Bynd Artisan, has become a de facto stop for people who want to buy or gift personalised items to their loved ones. Though the brand was initially known for its customisable leather-bound notebooks, it has since evolved to encompass small leather accessories such as passport and card holders that one can opt to have their initials stamped on for an added personal touch. All items by Bynd Artisan are created with fine leather from Europe, using only eco-friendly methods, so you can ensure sustainable measures are taken to put that monogrammed cardholder in your hands.
Bynd Artisan, #01-54, 44 Jalan Merah Saga, Singapore 278116, +65 6475 1680
When it comes to monogrammed bags, Luxemono is where you should shop. The local brand has only been around for 2 years, but their popularity has skyrocketed in the short span thanks to its high-quality Saffiano leather products made in classic designs. Their bags come in various shapes for every day-to-day need imaginable — a cabin-sized weekender, a saddle-shaped sling, camera bags and more. Accentuate these with your initials discreetly printed in metallic gold, rose gold or silver, and you’ll have a bag you want to carry everywhere. Book in advance to visit their showroom to purchase your item and have it monogrammed on the spot.
Luxemono, Oxley Tower Lobby 2, 138 Robinson Road, Singapore 068906, +65 9729 6606
The Daily Edited first began as a Sydney-based blog six years ago and has now become a multi-million dollar business that ships worldwide. This growth primarily comes from the sheer variety of customisable leather goods available on the website, from bags, keyrings, phone cases, even accessories for your pet. Aside from options, you also get a good mix of classic and colourful designs that cater to a plethora of personal tastes as well. They may not have a physical boutique in Singapore anymore, but the online platform ships to our shores within a week, so worry not.
Local artisans collective, The General Co., may be known best for the regular schedule of craft workshops it hosts but commissioned work is also something they take on. The General Co. works with Singaporean leather craftsmen to create bespoke leather goods upon request, like a customised bag to carry gin bottles for Atlas bar, folders for Chivas Regal and more. They take personal and corporate commissions, so if one-of-a-kind designs are what you go for, then The General Co. is a good bet.
The General Co., 115 King George’s Ave, Singapore 208561, +65 6293 0461
Marquage is an art form practised by many European luxury brands, most famously Goyard. The practice hails from a royal tradition of having crests painted on leather goods such as trunks, and has since been modernised to incorporate painting any image of the owner’s desire unto a leather piece they own. Local marquage artist Cherin Sim is highly-sought after for her contemporary designs, be it Deadpool in a unicorn onesie on your Goyard wallet or The Great Wave off Kanagawa on your Birkin. Works are by commission only, and she tends to get booked years in advance, so contact her on social media as soon as you can should you be keen.