5 Ways To Make Your ColsenKeane Bag Uniquely Yours

There are many details that make a ColsenKeane bag special: full-grain leather, expertly hand-crafted, finished with heavy-duty hardware to create a bag that will last. These bags are heirloom-quality, meant to be passed down to your next generation, so make yours unique to you.

1. Choose your favorite hide to set the scene for your bag’s narrative.  

Cow hides and Buffalo hides, in a wide array of colors - the choice is yours! Each color of hide has its own character, just like you. Every touch, every spill, every sunny afternoon builds character. With time and use, your leather bag will develop a patina unique to you. 


2. Custom Inserts for Organization.

Optional leather inserts can help keep your bag organized. Our inserts have pockets for small things like your phone, pens, or your business cards. They snap easily into your bag, held securely at the top with a removable screw; snap them in when you need them, pop them out when you don’t. 

3. Strap Up Your Bag.

Shoulder straps, cross-body straps, Pro-Series straps, we’ve got strap options for when you’re on the go. Need both hands free? Consider adding our backpack straps option to your bag. Whatever suits your lifestyle, carry style, or personal style - we’ve got you covered.


4. Speaking of On The Go…

Find yourself running to catch a flight or navigating a busy airport often? Colsenkeane can add a rollerboard strap across the back of your bag, which allows you to easily slide it onto your rolling suitcase handle. Our rollerboard straps can be added to any Satchel, and truly make your bag uniquely outfitted for you.

5. Add your monogram.

Of all the ways to make a ColsenKeane bag unique to you, your family, and the narrative this bag will continue to tell for future generations, getting your monogram on your bag is most impactful. Add your initials to truly make it yours; your future generations will treasure your personalized heirloom. 

An Heirloom For The Holidays!

As we eagerly anticipate the upcoming holiday festivities, it is time to start looking for meaningful gifts. We have created a guide with some of our favorite pieces to help you find the perfect gift for your friends and family! Our handcrafted leather goods are built to last for generations and are customizable so no two pieces are exactly alike. Find the perfect heirloom-quality gift with our holiday gift guide!

Gifts For Her

We all have a wine lover in our lives. Our finely handcrafted Double Wine Bottle Carrier in Full-Grain Crazy Horse leather is the perfect way for someone to show off their style as they bring their favorite bottles to a party. Show off their inner sommelier with a handmade Wall Mounted Wine Rack! This rustic piece comes in either Crazy Horse or Havana Brown and creates a convenient space to store the good stuff.

A Full-Grain leather Tote or a Satchel is perfect for the person always on the go! With over 13 different Totes, 16 different Satchels, all in varying sizes and with customizable inserts, create a gift that really tells a story about the person receiving it. For a more minimalist feel, our Clutches are the way to go. Sleek and small enough to fit the essentials, our Clutches come in 5 different Full-Grain leather hides including Crazy Horse, Natural Tan, Glazed Tan, Buffalo Red, and Deep Black!

Gifts For Him

Bring out his inner mountain man with a rugged, leather shaving case! Perfect for packing all of their shaving and hygiene needs in one place, you can even pack it full for him. We carry Rockwell’s Originals razors, brushes, and even a metal double tooth barber comb. Give the smooth look of leather to match the smoothness of a clean-shaven face. For the traveler in your life, a custom leather duffle bag is perfect for long trips. Built with durability in mind these bags can take on even the toughest of baggage handlers. This bag can be fitted with custom inserts to help stay organized on the go. Travel around the world and back curating a nice patina with age!

Wallet’s and Belts make perfect heirlooms to pass on to the next generation. Find handcrafted Full-Grain leather belts fit to their size, and wallets of many different styles that work for all situations. Get them custom imprinted with their initials for a gift that will definitely leave an impression.

Gifts That Keep On Giving

All of the gifts mentioned above are custom, handcrafted leather, built with such detail, that they will be handed down for multiple generations. Make it extra special by having the recipient’s initials engraved for a more personalized heirloom.

The beauty of finely handcrafted leather is that it becomes more stunning with age as the leather patinas and gives off its own personality. Discover the difference real Full-Grain handcrafted leather makes with one of our many gifts this holiday season. When a gift is built to be handed down over multiple generations, it pays for itself time and time again.

Give the gift of memories.

The New Denali Collection!

The New Denali Collection!

The Feel Of Denali

New leather is often stiff and needs to be worn over time. This can sometimes be a long and uncomfortable process. Our new Denali Collection uses full-grain chrome & vegetable tanned cowhide, with a pull-up effect that gives rich, rugged color, and makes the bag feel worn in as soon as you get it! Perfect for an everyday bag you can take anywhere, and guaranteed to last for life! Check out our new collection in Denali Black, Brown, and Tan!

The Winston Pouch

If you find yourself with handfuls of small items, like chargers, pens, or glasses, the Winston Pouch provides a perfect safe haven. This zipper pouch was made to work with a variety of goods instead of being only for a specific few pieces. The soft Denali Black truly makes this an heirloom good created for daily use. Easily transport your core items between bags & enjoy the convenience! Coming in two sizes, this pouch may be one of the most versatile pieces we’ve made. 

The Mail Bag

Coming in all shades of the Denali Collection, the Mail Bag was built to form around whatever you need to carry in your everyday life. With an optional additional pouch to help you organize and a flap that doesn’t close, there is no limit to what you can fit in this bag! Built for an everyday commute, or a weekend out of town, this is the perfect bag for you!

Dear Jan, Find The Best Bag For Your Career Transition.

"I recently graduated college with a degree in journalism. When I was in school, I used an old JanSport backpack that my sister passed on to me when she left for college 6 years ago. I loved the bag because she had put my initials on the inner pocket with a sharpie. While lacking in structure and durability, the bag was what I used to lug my books and journals all across campus. Needless to say, the Jansport didn't graduate college with me 😢. I'm writing you awesome guys at ColsenKeane to help me find the perfect bag to start my new career as a journalist! I want something stylish, versatile, spacious (but not bulky), and most importantly, D-U-R-A-B-L-E. What would you recommend!

(An email sent to us by a recent customer, Jan Neely)

Making the jump from being a student to a professional is definitely a milestone. That transition shouldn't be taken lightly and, if possible, commemorated. When Janet sent us this email, we knew what she needed. 

Introducing The No. 719. In Denali Brown

At ColsenKeane, we consider our leather goods the antithesis of the cookie-cutter style. We use only the best materials to craft our handmade cowhide purses and distressed leather tote handbags. The No 719 is a bag that helps distinguish the wearer.

The Details

Although the design is minimalist, the storage features are anything but. Whether you are packing for a day trip or heading to work, this tote can keep all your essentials organized. The snap closure on our distressed leather tote handbags gives you the option to carry it open or closed. We offer optional pocket inserts to keep your phone, pens, or small toiletries and sundries organized and secure. From laptops, articles of clothing, and water bottles to other small personal items, our tote bags give you the room to live your life on the go.

Why You'll Love It!

 The Denali Brown leather is different than any other leather we've ever used. Its design is a subtle nod to the totes worn a century ago in the roaring twenties. They say fashion is cyclical and we certainly believe this tote is reclaiming its time in the limelight.

If style is what you desire, then the No. 719 tote-ally delivers. Its Havana accents speak volumes while its rich, supple oil-tanned hide exudes a humble air of confidence. If you're looking to make a statement in the street or in a boardroom, buy this bag.

The Icing On Top.

Janet said she wanted something stylish, spacious (but not bulky), and durable. She wanted something that could help her transition from student to professional and hopefully last longer than her beloved Jansport. The no.719 is the perfect solution to Janet's query. Its stunning pull-up effect lends the bag the style that Janet was looking for. It's also over engineered to last multiple lifetimes, so Janet will definitely be able to pass this on to her grandkids. Better yet, we can even add in her initials on the bag just like her sister did for her! We will use something a little more suitable than a sharpie, though!

Why Small Gifts Can Have a BIG Impact and How To Find Them

Why Small Gifts Can Have a BIG Impact and How To Find Them

"It was a small gesture. But it made a crappy day brighter. My wife knew that I had been meaning to replace my watch band for a while (read two years) but just hadn't gotten around to it. Work had been extra stressful lately, and I just felt like I didn't have the time I needed to truly connect with family. I came home late one night and found a small wrapped gift with my name on it. When I opened it and found a new ColsenKeane Apple Watch leather band with our initials burned into the band's inside, I almost burst into tears. The next day, I requested some time off to spend with the people who mean the most to me!"

(An email written to us by a brand new owner of a ColsenKeane Leather Apple Watch Band)


Sometimes "I Love You" Isn't Enough.

Small gifts have an absolute intangible quality that strums at the gift receiver's heartstrings more than that of the more grandiose gifts that we often see celebs flaunting on their social media profile (sorry, Kanye). This is because they say more than "I love you." 


Small, more thoughtful gifts say "I see you," "I understand where you're coming from," & "I think you deserve something good."


The science behind gift-giving has been muddled down with marketing jargon & subliminal messaging over the years, but the fundamentals still ring true. Take the excerpt above; for example, the customer was having a tough time managing their work-life balance. Their partner, hearing and seeing this, decided they needed a small token of appreciation in the form of our ColsenKeane Full-Grain leather watchband. The watchband wasn't just a fancy new addition to their collection. It became a signal to the recipient, letting them know their spouse was aware of what they were going through and realized a little TLC was in order.


Size Doesn't Matter.


Another bonus about gifting small is that often well thought out presents can create an unforgettable experience. 


Think about the bond you share with the person you are buying a gift for. Are there any similar experiences that only the two of you share? For people you have drifted away from, look for something that reminds both of you of the good times you've had. Nothing is better than stumbling upon a gift that fires up long lost memories when held. Most importantly, find something that makes the person you're giving it to feel unique.


Try To Inspire Joy.


Without going all Marie Kondo on you, we wholeheartedly believe that every gift you give should inspire joy. You can do that in two ways. 


First, the act of giving the gift lets the recipient know that you're keeping them in mind. That always boosts morale. Everyone likes to know that someone else is thinking about them, 


Second, the more you can personalize the gift, the better chance you have at delivering joy. At ColsenKeane, all of our leather products allow for you to inscribe initials into the leather itself. This is just one of the many ways we add personal touches to our products to connect better with the end-user.


We've been in the leatherworking industry for 11 years. We've sold $1,000 dollars gifts that had the same impact (to the receiver) as $15 key fobs. It is NOT about the dollar amount. It is 100% about the thought you put into the gift. Pick through our Small Goods collection to find some inspiration!