If your leather goods aren’t hand stitched in the US, you need to check out Maine Leather Co.
Belle Hilmer, who grew up in Athens, Maine and now lives in Portland, is crazy talented at what she does; hand-crafting beautiful leather bags, wallets, clutches, laptop cases, camera and guitar straps, even radio holders for local iron workers, from gorgeous pieces of leather, salvaged from a mill in Hartland.
Untouched by machines, each piece is entirely custom made and one-of-a-kind. Her super cool leather beer coozies, with the state of Maine stitched across the front, are gaining notoriety all over New England and beyond and recently made the cover of Campfire magazine.
It was a blast shooting her products on the roof of the newly renovated Westin Hotel and I can’t wait for more, including another session with Belle in her studio.