(Sponsored): A Taste For Leather

Basil Racuk designs and creates each leather piece by hand in his Emeryville workshop. His pared-down approach to style, only adding in what’s necessary and taking away all that’s not, makes each piece timeless and utterly personal. Each piece is made-to-order. You hand-select your preferred color, leather choice, and, in many cases, the design elements. Monocle chose the Weekender style as one of the Top 10 gift ideas for 2010.

Racuk’s updated website highlights California’s rugged charm, including a love letter to Bolinas.

You can find the collection at retailers Bergdorf Goodman, and Leffot, in New York City. Or at basilracuk.com, where you’ll probably be working directly with the artist.