Black Kat Leather, Chester
Are cupcakes finally over? I dunno, but the Cupakery in Chester has given way to Black Kat, a leather studio whose owners, Drew Archer and Cassandra Amu, craft meticulous, entirely hand stitched bags. Working in sturdy natural skins, you’ll find everything from wallets to satchels here. We loved the double strap handbag and the men’s duffle, both of which, with proper care, will last a lifetime. The couple’s sensibility is spare and chic with simple toggle closures and minimal hardware. Here and there, they go a little crazy with color (who knew that a classic natural leather bag with green handles would be such a stunner?). The prices for a handmade bag are gentle, running from $200 to $300 and you’ll find plenty of less expensive gift ideas, too. The beautiful belts with a simple embossed cat logo run $50 to $60 and a basket of (unisex) double wrap bracelets are just $15.
Started as a hobby (a background in construction helped) Drew went headlong into leather last February and the new atelier is a happy addition to the artisanal lineup in Chester. Custom orders available.