Turquoise!

Turquoise!

Can you make this cover ( notebook, case, wallet, etc) for me in turquoise leather?

Clients ask me this frequently and almost every time I have to disappoint them with my answer: I am very sorry, but I do not have this color at this moment.

Turquoise, it’s such a lovely color, but often so hard to come by.
Every time I visit my leather suppliers, I keep my eyes out for turquoise leather.  A few weeks

Cork!

Cork!

Last month I visited my local leather supplier and he showed me his newest fabric: Cork! I had never worked with cork before, so naturally I was intrigued.  I took on the challenge to remake some of my products out of cork and it worked out very well as you can see in the pictures below. The surface of cork is very smooth and soft to the touch, almost comparable with suede.

This fabric is made out of genuine cork,

Christmas in July SALE 2014

Christmas in July SALE 2014

Coming weeks I will be participating in the Christmas In July (CIJ) SALE on Etsy.

You will get a 10% discount from July 10th – 20th 2014 when  you purchase any item above €20 in my RINARTS  shop and any item above €10 in my RINARTSATELIER shop.
Just enter the code CIJ2014RINARTS when checking out after your purchase.

The precise beginnings of the Christmas in July tradition is not very clear, although it

Custom orders (II): Accessories

Custom orders (II): Accessories

In my previous blog post I showed you some of my custom made bags, but actually most custom orders I receive are for small accessories. A lot of clients ask me to make tassels, iPhone cases, iPad cases, Moleskine covers, card cases and other small items.

It’s fun to do and the leather and color combinations are almost unlimited. I even make different size notebook sleeves on request. A few of  my custom

Custom orders (I): Leather bags and clutches

Custom orders (I): Leather bags and clutches

It’s inspiring to work with customers to create that special item fitted to their desires.
Clients frequently ask me about making an item in another color or color combinations. Their suggestions often generates a spark of new designs. Offering custom items is a great way to connect with your clients, expand your inventory, or refine items that are already in your shop.

The search for the right leather or lining

Facebook fan Giveaway! Win a Zipper Pouch or a Luxury Notebook!

Facebook fan Giveaway! Win a Zipper Pouch or a Luxury Notebook!

After all of the positive reactions I got about my revamped site and Facebook page, I decided to give something back to the fans of my Facebook page this month! For this giveaway I have selected two of my fastest selling items, the Zipper Pouch and the Luxury Leather Notebook. If you enter you will be given an option to choose for which prize you would like to be eligible.

The giveaway will run from sunday, May 4th to

How I fell in love with my own cable organizers (and hope you will too!)

How I fell in love with my own cable organizers (and hope you will too!)

I would like to share with you the excitement I experienced last vacation when using one of my own products. A few months ago I introduced you to my cable organizers. Most of the time clients use them for earphone cables, USB cables or charge cables for their phone, iPad or laptop. I did so too.
During my vacation last January, I experienced that these simple gadgets were more versatile than I expected. I started

DIY restoration of a leather chair

DIY restoration of a leather chair

Do you have a piece of furniture you’re really attached to? Well, read on about this small DIY restoration project!
My brother sent me some pictures of his favorite mustard yellow arm-chair of which the arms were very worn. He had already looked at some other chairs, but none of those were as good as his old chair. So in the end he asked me if I could restore his beloved chair.

Two views of my brother’s

Tote bag: BIG

Tote bag: BIG

I’d like to introduce you to my tote bag “BIG”. Last summer I made this model for a friend who was looking for a big black shopper.

The tote bag turned out to be a big hit with my friend and I liked making it, so I decided to make a few variations!

Below is the bag I recently made for my daughter, in beautiful  distressed leather. The beauty of this leather is that with use the character and aging

SNOW !

SNOW !


No, it is not Alaska 🙂 !
This beautiful picture was taken by my daughter during our skiing vacation in the French Alps last week. We had a wonderful time and lots of fresh snow.

My Etsy shops will be open again on January 29th

Feedback from customers

Feedback from customers

Feedback from customers? I cherish it !

It is always wonderful if a satisfied client takes the time to express their happiness about a product they bought from me. One of the things I love most is when clients send me photos of my creations during actual daily use. This makes me incredibly happy, because I’m  always wondering what kind of life the creations lead after they are sold, how they wear and how the

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Dear customers,

I hope you managed to do all your Christmas shopping and are all set for Christmas dinner!

We had some amazingly busy weeks and I just sent out the final parcels while doing my own christmas shopping.

We hope that your Rinarts shopping experience was great and if you have any comments or suggestions we would love to hear from you. I can use your feedback to improve your shopping experience next year.

Let

Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Are you getting ready for Cyber Monday? Then don’t forget Rinarts’ special holiday bonus! Readers of my blog will receive a 15% discount in my ETSY shops Rinarts and RinartsAtelier for Christmas. Use the discount code below when placing your order.

If you have never heard of Black Friday or Cyber Monday, they are well-known shopping days in the US.  These are the two most important and most busy shopping

New tassels and a DIY tassel!

New tassels and a DIY tassel!

Tassels, I love to create them, because it gives me the opportunity to experiment with different kinds of leather and color combinations. Besides new inspiration, they turn in to yet another gorgeous new product for my shop.

This week I tried something new: a leather fringe combined with metal beads. I made a neutral color tassel with gold beads and a red leather one with silver beads. They are both available in my

Christmas gift ideas: Sale & Offers

Christmas gift ideas:  Sale & Offers

Welcome to the last in my series of Christmas gifts posts!
Over the last couple of weeks I have been introducing you to many great christmas gifts in every price range. This week I’d like to show the new christmas gift items I have made during the last few weeks. It’s a miscellaneous collection of lovely christmas ideas and I’m sure there will be something here fore every one.

As a special holiday

Christmas gift ideas 5 : The Q-bag clutch

Christmas gift ideas 5 : The Q-bag clutch

Looking for a small clutch to carry with you on a night out? Want a cute pouch you can store your phone, keys and makeup when going to that christmas dinner-party? Take a look at my colorful and super useful clutches and pouches.

The Q-Bag
This week I’d like to introduce you to the Quarter-bag (or Q-bag) clutch.  Although its compact looks, this clutch is actually quite spacious on the

Christmas gift ideas 4: Luxury leather notebooks

Christmas gift ideas 4: Luxury leather notebooks

In part 4 of my christmas gifts series I’d like to introduce you to my luxury leather notebooks. With so many colors and leather types you will always have something original in your pocket and avid sketchers will love the beautiful 140 gsm paper pages.  The 9×14 (3.5″x5.5″) size will mean it is easy to carry around, you will never miss a moment to jot down your thoughts or make a quick drawing.

Christmas gift ideas 3: gifts under € 20

Christmas gift ideas 3: gifts under € 20

Last week I presented Christmas gift ideas for under € 10 ($ 13). This week I like to show you some more beautiful, yet still affordable, ideas.
For under €20 ($ 26) you can choose from numerous classy key rings, elegant tassels, colorful iPod cases, leather bracelets, and my handy little wallets.  I made a selection below, but you can find many more gift ideas in my Etsy shop.

My stock will be supplemented by

Christmas gift ideas 2: gift-wrapping

Christmas gift ideas 2: gift-wrapping

Need an original and fun way to wrap your gifts? These leather drawstring bags make gift-wrapping fast and simple, just put in the item! Nothing to throw away after the present has been opened, as the cute drawstring pouch is a present in itself. It’s perfect for your Christmas gifts, or if you like to DIY, assemble some herbs for an aromatic pouch, or fill it with little soaps for that mini wellness touch.

Below

De STIJL: inspiration for leather craft

De STIJL: inspiration for leather craft

A few years ago I started following classes in Art History and Architecture. Some of the lectures  described the first decades of the 20th century. This period was particularly interesting because of the big changes in art and architecture. At that time Art Deco, De Stijl and Bauhaus were “blooming” movements and gathered a lot of interest and followers.

De STIJL was an artistic movement dating back from

Workshop frame purse: results

Workshop frame purse: results

The workshop “How to make a frame purse” was a success. In the first picture you can see the tools and supplies you need to make such a purse. The participants draw the patterns on the leather and cut it out (picture 2 and 3). After sewing the leather parts together, the purse body is ready to place in the frame. This is the hardest part, as you can see in picture 5. After an hour of pushing the leather

Accessories

Accessories
The items shown on his page may have already be sold and are for illustrative purposes only. Color and materials are subject to availability.

Notebooks and Moleskine covers:

These leather notebook are made from the finest leathers and high quality paper. Rinarts also makes leather covers special designed for Moleskine notebooks. Some covers are hand stitched.

Cardholders and wallets


Keyrings and tassels

Tech Accessories

Cable organizers

A simple way to wrap your USB cords, ear buds, small cables etc. Minimalistic shapes