Leather Built’s Roughhewn Leather Thoreau Attache Review – $155

“Be not simply good – be good for something.” —Henry David Thoreau

Those are some wise words from a prolific writer. Thoreau’s approach is not only important for who we are as people, but also for the things we appreciate, work for, purchase, and use. If it’s not good for something…it begs many questions, right? Today, we’re looking at Roughhewn Leather’s Thoreau Attaché, courtesy of Leather Built…and it’s definitely all good.


About Leather Built & Roughhewn Leather

The Roughhewn Leather Thoreau Attache has been graciously supplied to us for review from Leather Built. Leather Built was founded upon the principle of showcasing the highest quality leather goods built in the U.S.A. From our location in Meridian, Idaho, we have scoured America in search of only the best leather goods and have found some amazing companies and products that are sure to surprise and delight. Everything is backed with our Made for Life Guarantee so you can be completely confident in your purchase.

Cooper Thurston, of Washington, Missouri, is the founder Roughhewn Leather. Cooper started working with leather when he was 14 years old and continues to craft his products using “old school” methods, infused with passion, and resulting in functional quality that can be handed down for generations.



The Roughhewn Leather Thoreau Attaché is a purpose built clutch designed to carry important documents or your personal electronics. It’s crafted from premium, full grain Horween Chromexcel leather, cut by hand and hand-stitched with durable polyester thread from Maine Thread Company. It features a simple closure courtesy of a well-placed solid brass button rivet.



With overall dimensions of 9″ x 6 1/2″ x 3/4″, its size lends it to being absolutely perfect for an iPad Mini or similarly sized tablet. My wife quickly snagged the Thoreau for her iPad Mini, which slides easily into the rear section of the Attaché. Just in front of that rear pocket is a divider that will easily accommodate your favorite pen and pencil, along with a slot pocket that is simply perfect for a Field Notes journal or similarly sized notebook. The main front pocket will easily house papers, your headphones, or other slim items.
It will easily slip into a tote bag, messenger bag, or backpack. It’s easy to open and close with the button stud. And, it’s also sized perfectly for solo carry too.




The rich brown hue and smooth texture of Horween’s Chromexcel leatherl always elicits ‘oohs and ahs’ from anyone who handles the Attaché. Its size, shape, and expert craftsmanship garner questions and attention whenever it is carried or placed on a table. And then when you open it up…well, you might as well slide it over to whoever is with you so they can thoroughly inspect it…because they’re going to want to check it out.



Whether you choose to use this for your personal electronics or you use it for another purpose, you won’t regret purchasing a Roughhewn Leather Thoreau Attaché from Leather Built. Not only is it backed with Leather Built’s 50 year guarantee, it’s built to outlast you, look great, and function well for whatever purpose you assign it. At $155, it’s fairly priced for an heirloom quality leather piece that is 100% crafted by hand.



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