Who We Are
Our consumers care more about quality in their purchases than in cost. We believe America has the industrial and manufacturing capability to meet the rising expectations of consumers who demand quality first.
Our mission is to create a comprehensive knowledge center and reference center for everything related to quality leather goods. We are ubiquitous in the leather goods industry. We condense the best information, promote the best products, and share these findings with our readers.
BestLeather.org assists consumers with the process of making their next great purchase.
The Best Team
We recruit the best writers in the industry to contribute to BestLeather.org.
The Best Content
We present valuable and insightful content along with sharp and compelling images.
The Best Results
We are the No. 1 go-to website for leather aficionados who want to know the ins and outs of leather and the industry.
BestLeather.org is your direct link to the world’s quality connoisseurs and leather aficionados.
Our passion for quality leather goods can help you reach your target audience. With crisp reviews, bright photos, and frequent content we communicate directly to your customers through a well structured and professionally curated site.
You can reach thousands of enthusiastic readers every month. Build your social following over a variety of media. Get your message across with powerful advertisements. Announce your latest news. Tell your company’s story and help consumers find you.
If you are an innovative and quality driven company, this is the place for you.
Take Your Pick
PRODUCT REVIEWS with fantastic photos and insightful analysis that will educate readers to make the quality choice
FREE COMPANY DIRECTORY LISTING for exposure to the hundreds of thousands of readers who want to see more from your company
ARTICLE CONTRIBUTION to promote your company through reader education and a link to your company site
SPONSORED POSTS to feature your company in a specific way
BANNER ADVERTISING on a high traffic quality leather review site
GIVEAWAYS to boost your brand awareness and integrated with READER SURVEYS to understand your market demographics
EMAIL MARKETING to reach our thousands of email subscribers with your unique offering
To have your product reviewed on BestLeather.org
A few tips:
- Help us get to know you. We will love to learn about your company and we can write better content when we know you personally.
- Send the goods that best illustrate your skill and uniqueness. Show people your out of the box thinking. We review a lot of products. Uniqueness gets us excited.
- When you ship please send the tracking number so we know it is on the way.,
What is involved in a review?
- We do not accept payment for product reviews.
- We maintain complete editorial control of product reviews.
- We do not return reviewed items because returning an item in new condition would not enable us to fully judge and test the functionality and durability of a product. It is necessary that no limitations are put on the use of the product.
- We have many products to review so turn around can be up to eight weeks. While a review may not be published quickly, we guarantee it will be published thoroughly.
- Items that are sent without prior communication will not be reviewed.
Giveaways are a fantastic method for creating viral awareness and interest in your company’s product offering. Companies who have sponsored giveaways have netted thousands of new visitors, visibility, social media attention, and ultimately sales.
- The collective giveaway value must be greater than $200.
- Items must be worth more than $50 individually if multiple items are being given away.
- Giveaway duration will correspond with the value of the items, no less than one week and no more than one month.
- More valuable items always attract greater attention.
- BestLeather.org will conduct reviews of products and be familiar with the quality prior to organizing a giveaway.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is BestLeather.org?
BestLeather.org is an online leather aficionado magazine dedicated to reviewing quality goods for the purpose of exposing and educating discerning consumers on quality leather goods.
How did BestLeather.org start?
BestLeather.org was founded when we could not find enough information to decide which briefcase to buy. Information was scattered haphazardly about the internet and some of its sources were dubious. We decided to collate what he learned to make a website that can help people make the decision for quality that we have made, but in much less time with more helpful information. This site has since been blessed with growth through an engaged readership and relationships with innovative quality driven companies.
How do you make money on BestLeather.org?
BestLeather.org does not charge for product reviews. We obtain income from banner advertising, affiliate relationships, and a percentage from the items sold in our store.
Do you write negative reviews?
In short, yes. BestLeather.org will never compromise the truth regarding the performance of a product. We do not encounter a great number of poor quality products because we focus our efforts on the best items the industry has to offer. We would rather focus on the great leather goods than the crummy leather goods. Thankfully we are experiencing a resurgence of interest in leatherworking and good products are plentiful.
Where would you like the site to be in five years?
More instructive than ever and a teeming community of enthusiastic leather aficionados. It is and will be the go-to place for showcasing and admiring beautiful leatherwork.
How can I contribute to BestLeather.org?
Check out our writing section below. We require a strong passion for quality leather, excellent writing skills, experience in photography, and a driving commitment to producing quality content on par with the exquisite goods we review.
How are all the goods shown on the site acquired?
Companies send the goods in to have their products reviewed by BestLeather.org.
Perks of Writing for BestLeather.org
If our mission statement resounds with your own personal values then you may find writing for BestLeather.org a rich and fulfilling experience. If you are passionate about quality leather goods, love writing and photography, and enjoying sharing your knowledge and experience, then this is the place for you.
Most of our content comes from independent writers who review leather products. We are also open to leather companies sharing their unique perspective on the craft or the leather industry.
- You have the opportunity to reach out to an extensive insider network of industry people.
- You gain experience both in writing and within the leather business.
- You get exposure of your interests (and potentially of your own website).
- You create a network within the leather business.
- You will be credited for the authorship of your contributions on BestLeather.org.
- You have the opportunity to receive discounts, deals and/or free products to write about.
- You can share stories, news, product reviews, and insights about products and brands within the world of great leather.
US Wings is thrilled to have our LEGENDS jacket reviewed by Best Leather.org. The photography, the copy and the presentation is world-class. Our product has never been presented so well. The Indy LEGEND jacket is very close to our heart and represents the American made quality that US Wings produces. Victor and BestLeather.org captured the essence of our product. We thank you. – Bob, US Wings
Regardless of the industry, it is so rare to see various entities come together in one unified, unbiased forum — but one could not find a more exemplary case than BestLeather. From reviews to interviews, the BestLeather team has done a phenomenal job of promoting an interest in quality goods, and we’re so happy to be a small part of this. Even beyond the elevation of an industry, more engaging consumer-facing content one could not find. It is mandatory reading for anyone interested in leather bag offerings, and many of our customers have started their path-to-purchase here (some, at our own recommendation). For all of this, we will always be indebted to TJ and the entire BestLeather team, and we look forward to working with them for decades to come. – Philip Antonelli, Basader
“TJ and Best Leather are fine folks doing great work. Their unbiased reviews are extremely helpful for anyone seeking in-depth information on leather goods of all varieties. I know that I can submit a product to Best Leather, and that they will review it with integrity and attention to detail. Additionally, Best Leather is the top referrer (excluding social media) to A Simple Leather Belt Co, and for that we are grateful.” – William Hoover, Co-Founder, A Simple Leather Belt Co.
“I appreciate TJ and BestLeather.org for giving an honest and knowledgeable review of our Safety Razor Sheath. It’s obvious Mr. Kastning has a passion for good leather and good products, and his reviews can be trusted for being objective.” – Kenton Sorenson Kenton Sorenson
I’ve had products reviewed by TJ and his team for the past 2 years, and I have to say that bestleather.org has proved to be a tremendous tool in our developmental process. As I grew my business, I would get a plethora of critiques and suggestions that sometimes were valid, sometimes were not, but it was hard to validate them as I often would surmise that the critics had not compared our products to others nor knew what exactly went into design.
I then met TJ, and was enamored with his expertise in our market. After sending a few products to Best Leather, I gained valuable criticism that forced White Wing to uphold an educated critics standards. Although sometimes TJ’s critique stung a little, in the end I knew that his goal was to provide the consumer with knowledge of products that were literally the “best leather”, and if we could live up to his standards, we could live up to the majority of others. In a product review market that is driven by advertising and thus skewed evaluations, the consumer finally has a team on their side in bestleather.org that will give an un-biased opinion on a product. Some companies may not like this method, but my opinion is that if your product is worth standing behind, that shouldn’t be an issue.
In summary, I value bestleather.org as our litmus test of whether a product is truly worth offering, and I will continue to utilize their services in effort to refine our products to be the very best possible.” – Blake Leggett White Wing Label
“I first found BestLeather.org about a year ago when I noticed they had listed one of my bags as part of a “Best Bags on Etsy” feature. I was quite flattered as this was a completely unsolicited post and I was thrilled about getting a little notice. I’ve since submitted one of my bi-fold wallets in for a review as well as a small feature on my shop.
It’s nice to have someone appreciate my work for sure through honest and informative reviews. I’ve noticed a spike in sales as well as exposure after my wallet review on Best Leather. In this age of a “throw away society”, BestLeather.org is a gem on the web in keeping the spotlight on true craftsmanship and awaken the general public to buy for life and not a landfill.” – Andy Mock Blackthorn Leather
“Thanks BestLeather for your great review of my 5 Port Wallet. Solid critique and great photos made for an enjoyable read. I now have repeat customers who found me through the site, and I’m looking forward to having you review more of my leather goods soon. Thanks again for the great work and here’s to future growth for the both of us!” – Chad Von Lind Craft & Lore
“When someone visits our site after doing their homework on BestLeather, everyone ends up happier. The reviews have lots of details and great pictures that people who love leather will care about. Those happy customers are what make Saddleback Leather and BestLeather most happy.” – Doug Gieger Saddleback Leather
“The reviews from BestLeather are unbiased and thorough. As a craftsman, it is great to have someone who appreciates the details in your work and to be able to receive objective feedback from a knowledgable source. We are excited to grow alongside of BestLeather and plan on working with them for many years to come.” – Derek Shaw Waskerd
“Tim from BestLeather has been thorough and thoughtful in the assessment of my “Toms Bag” thus far… I particularly appreciate his interest in the various back stories that come with the bag and my company…. To me it is those stories, often omitted in reviews , that frame the piece and help to explain the brand . You can tell that Tim is genuinely interested in the whole story and for that I feel fortunate to be involved with BestLeather.” – Mike Waltzing Matilda
I was really glad Best Leather approached us because their perspective is like no other. They are quality focused and wouldn’t mislead their readers. As a result, being featured on the blog feels like a privilege and you get exposure in front of relevant and confident potential customers. A good win win situation for the brand and the customers. Hence the success of the blog. – Olivier Ruitertassen
“I wanted to thank BestLeather.org for reviewing some of my products. Being a leathersmith and doing 100% handmade/100% USA leather, I can’t compete with manufacturing advertising. I appreciate that BestLeather.org does support skillcraft to the next generation with great reviews, articles, and expert knowledge. Small or large, I recommend you support BestLeather.org.” — J Michael Ashland, Leathersmith – Oregon USA
“Huge thanks to Victor at BestLeather.org for reviewing our mohinders Men’s City Slippers! The review showed that BestLeather.org really gets it – they clearly understand and appreciate what makes our shoes stand out. The review was also a great read – equally entertaining and educational! Without a doubt, we will keep BestLeather.org in the loop on our new product releases in hopes that they’ll continue to review them.” — Michael Paratore, Chief Peddler, Mohinders Shoes
BestLeather.org works hard to provide unbiased information about quality leather products. In this process we use affiliate advertising to continue providing content.
What information do we collect?
We collect information from you when you register on our site, subscribe to our newsletter or fill out a form.
When ordering or registering on our site, as appropriate, you may be asked to enter your: name, e-mail address. You may, however, visit our site anonymously.
What do we use your information for?
Any of the information we collect from you may be used in one of the following ways:
- To improve our website (we continually strive to improve our website offerings based on the information and feedback we receive from you)
- To improve customer service (your information helps us to more effectively respond to your customer service requests and support needs)
- To send periodic emails
The email address you provide for order processing, will only be used to send you information and updates pertaining to your order.
How do we protect your information?
- We implement a variety of security measures to maintain the safety of your personal information when you enter, submit, or access your personal information.
- We offer the use of a secure server. All supplied sensitive/credit information is transmitted via Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology and then encrypted into our Payment gateway providers database only to be accessible by those authorized with special access rights to such systems, and are required to?keep the information confidential.
- After a transaction, your private information (credit cards, social security numbers, financials, etc.) will not be stored on our servers.
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Do we disclose any information to outside parties?
We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information. This does not include trusted third parties who assist us in operating our website, conducting our business, or servicing you, so long as those parties agree to keep this information confidential. We may also release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. However, non-personally identifiable visitor information may be provided to other parties for marketing, advertising, or other uses
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Occasionally, at our discretion, we may include or offer third party products or services on our website. These third party sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these sites.
California Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
Because we value your privacy we have taken the necessary precautions to be in compliance with the California Online Privacy Protection Act. We therefore will not distribute your personal information to outside parties without your consent.
As part of the California Online Privacy Protection Act, all users of our site may make any changes to their information at anytime by logging into their control panel and going to the ‘Edit Profile’ page.
Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act Compliance
We are in compliance with the requirements of COPPA (Childrens Online Privacy Protection Act), we do not collect any information from anyone under 13 years of age. Our website, products and services are all directed to people who are at least 13 years old or older.
This policy was last modified on 11/5/12
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