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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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From Chicago, Illinois, Joe (@terrificknifeguy) sells and restores guitars while also writing and playing in an instrumental rock band called Versus The Giant. Joe astutely traded a few Pokemon cards for his first SAK Cadet, and eventually graduated to a Spyderco PM2 which changed everything. Read on to find out all about Joe’s carry, music and what he’s hankering after next.
From Morgantown, WV, Jason (@monkmadegoods) creates some of the finest and most functional leather goods by hand. The name “Monk Made” was informed by his interest in psychology and philosophy and inspired by those who work hard to take and shape their own paths. Read on for Jason’s ever-evolving daily carry and learn about his transition from legal counselor to leather craftsman.