When I visited Back Alley Barbershop I saw that they had some leather valet trays used as placemats for the blades and shears. The manager told me they were made by local leather goods brand Leather Fellow. Angel, the person behind the brand and the one making each product by hand, started dabbling in leather craft a little over a year ago that eventually led to Leather Fellow. Prior to Leather Fellow, she was making charm jewellery for women under the brand My Gilded Nest.
I ordered a small valet tray in a smooth tan buffalo leather. She declined to let me pay for the item but I promised that I would order something from her in the future. The valet tray came in a canvas pouch that has their logo stamped on a leather patch. When I pulled out the valet tray it was wrapped around a cardboard tube and securely fastened by a knot. The packaging is simple and minimalist yet charming. The cardboard tube keeps the leather from creasing or being deformed during transit. Leather Fellow’s valet tray can be used two ways. It can be used flat without snapping the corners together or used as intended with the corners snapped together. If you prefer the latter method, the valet tray will not lie flat initially but will flatten over time as items are put inside it. The leather I chose was a vegetable-tanned cow hide from Japan. Other leather options are available as well. There’s more to Leather Fellow than just valet trays. Angel makes all sorts of items from bags to accessories and almost everything in between. She accepts custom orders and will advise on leather availability and design. More of her creations can be seen on the My Gilded Nest Facebook page.
Small leather valet tray, Php 500.