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Born and raised in Santa Cruz and pursuing her Master’s in San Francisco, Stephanie (@lesbianedc) has an infectious enthusiasm and passion for high-quality handcrafted leather goods. And when not obsessively photographing the cool stuff she carries, Stephanie volunteers at an NGO that focuses on providing outreach to immigrant communities. Read on for the detailed rundown of her gorgeous and carefully curated everyday carry.
My name is Stephanie and I was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA but am currently living in the Bay Area, where I am pursuing my MA. When not attending school or writing my thesis, I volunteer at an NGO that focuses on providing outreach to immigrant communities.
When I'm not doing any of the above, I enjoy hiking, sketching, spending time with my girlfriend and our cat, Lola. And of course, obsessively photographing the cool stuff I carry every day.
I first stumbled into the EDC community in 2015, after graduating from University with my BA. I had taken a year off of school and I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands! I randomly stumbled upon the leather working community on YouTube one day and immediately fell in love with the level of creativity, skill and passion folks were pouring into their craft.
From that first video, I was hooked. Leather work became an obsession and a darn right awesome one at that. But my EDC journey didn't begin until months down the road when I finally worked myself up into purchasing my first handmade wallet from the Etsy shop, Allen & Bradley. It was a minimalist wallet that I still have today! It was this that lead me down the rabbit hole that I was not entirely prepared for, but one that I am incredibly happy I ended up discovering.
I have acquired quite the wallet collection by now, in all sorts of leathers. I've met an incredible group of leather workers that have really enriched my EDC experience and for that, I am truly grateful!
Favorite EDC Tool:
Out of all of the items I am carrying at the moment my favorite is by far my District Leather "Metro Bifold" simply because it is just such a unique design and sports one hell of a handsome color combination. I custom ordered this wallet from Bill and I think the natural and green shell cordovan compliment each other really well.
The finishing on this wallet is also unlike any other wallet I've ever owned and I catch myself staring at it constantly. The edges are exceptionally smooth and the stitching is ridiculously crisp--the overall aesthetic is incredibly elegant in my opinion! It's definitely going to be a "buy it for life" item and is one I can't see myself ever parting with.
Next On Your Gear Radar:
I've been pretty happy with my gear so far but I'm very tempted to start dabbling into "gentleman's knives" which will end up being a whole different obsession I am sure!
I've also been looking into adding another couple of wallets into the mix, despite having way too many already. I've managed to acquire quite a nice collection from my favorite makers so far but I am definitely hoping to check out First Settlement Goods, Benjamin Bott and Monk Made Goods in the near future! I'm really passionate about supporting creative folks who truly have a passion for what they do so it would be an honor to be able to rep their work someday.
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A winemaker and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, Ivan (@knives.x) is as rugged and refined as it gets. Hailing from Eastern Europe, his free time is either spent rolling on the mat or on adventures with his wife and son. Read on for Ivan’s simple yet stylish carry that places real-world functionality above all.
If you think looking after a single kid is tough, try raising 4 of them. From Barwick, Georgia, we talk to Jeremy (@jpoppell85) who’s a proud stay-at-home dad of 4 young kids. Jeremy has always carried a knife but only started getting into other aspects of it after interacting with the EDC community on Facebook. Read on for Jeremy’s full rig rundown, and find out what’s next on his gear radar!
With a name like Dean Burns (@dean_edc), you already know you’re talking to somebody lit. A schoolteacher by day and SAK-modder/leatherworker by night, Dean’s aesthetic of choice for his EDC is anything post-apocalyptic or battle-worn. Read on for Dean’s full rig rundown and find out how he configures and deploys his different custom SAKs.