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About Us

Our Custom Leather Shop & Leathercraft Store

Leathersmith Designs Inc. is a Canadian manufacturer of quality leather goods, promotional leather products and a distributor of leather craft supplies. Our specialty is custom imprinted personalized leather products. We sell our leather products in the United States, Canada and overseas.

Our main personalized leather goods imprinted include promotional leather products (imprinted leather key tags, leather drink coasters and leather bookmarks) as well as more customized leather goods (leather name belts, guitar straps, dog collars, dog leashes, big and tall belts, rifle slings, change coin purses and wallets). Company or personal names are stamped individually with hand tools or imprinted by machine for large production runs.

Our one of a kind custom leather work handcrafted by our leather artisans consists mostly of leather knife cases and various other leather tool and electronic cases. Quite often a customer comes in our shop with an idea for a custom leather product that we have not made before and we are able to create the leather item they are wanting.

Some of our leather craft supplies stocked for people doing leathercraft and leather work are leather hides, leather lace sewing supplies, leather craft tools, solid brass belt buckles, strap buckles, rapid rivets, snaps, leather craft hardware and leather dyes. We stock a big selection of solid brass hardware and high end tooling leather.

Our goal as a leather product supplier is to provide you, the customer with the best quality product and service possible at competitive prices. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Read more about the development of our leathercraft store over the many years in this article about the HISTORY OF LEATHERSMITH DESIGNS told by Jamie Hartling.

Meet The Team

Jamie Hartling

Jamie Hartling who created Leathersmith Designs Inc., started crafting leather goods for sale in 1975. His initial leather experience was gained through a leather course offered through Dartmouth Continuing Education and through local leather shops in Halifax and Dartmouth. A friendship was developed with the owner’s of George’s Shoe Repair in Dartmouth. While in high school, Jamie would bicycle to their leather shop many days after school where George would share leather working tips and suggestions. As the business grew, Jamie traveled to Montreal, Toronto and New York for advanced training from leather trades people. Business education was earned through his Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Saint Mary's University.

 Jamie cutting belts on strap cutter machine.

Jamie cutting full grain leather belts on strap cutting equipment.

Emily Doucette

Emily Doucette joined the Leathersmith Designs team in January 2021. Emily completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Minor in Art History in 2019 at NSCAD University. Her areas of interest throughout her studies were heavily focused in printmaking and fine arts book binding, and she has continued to practice these crafts away from the academic setting. These artistic pursuits have granted her the opportunity to; show work in various exhibitions internationally, participate at the Southern Graphics Conference and have work archived at a variety of art related institutions. Emily has been able to take her passion for these detail-oriented disciplines and transfer her skills and creativity into creating unique, high quality custom leather products.

Personalized guitar strap being handmade by our leather artisan Emily.

Our leather aritisan Emily handmaking a personalized guitar strap.

Gail Hartling

Gail Hartling, co-owner of Leathersmith Designs originally developed our first website to move us online to reach the world market. Although she used to mainly work on production orders and selling, she now concentrates on the accounting end of the business. Gail's business skills learned from her Business Education Diploma earned at Atlantic Baptist College has been an asset to our business.

Gail Hartling riveting imprinted leather key tags.

Gail riveting promotional key tags for our corporate customers.