Brothers Chris and Kirk Bray founded Billykirk (the name is a shortened version of William Kirkland, Kirk’s full name) in 1999 after stumbling upon an old leather watchstrap in a Los Angeles thrift store. It was love at first sight. The designers apprenticed with a third-generation craftsman to learn the techniques they now use to produce their exquisite leather and canvas belts, wallets, bags, briefcases, rucksacks, and, of course, watchstraps. East Coast-based since 2005, Billykirk now employs Amish artisans in rural Pennsylvania who use traditional leatherworking methods to turn high-quality domestic and Italian hides into functional yet fashionable bags and belts.
Bags, wallets, and more, masterfully crafted in the U.S.A.
Traditional artisanship and a dedication to sourcing the best hides shine through in these picks from the leatherwork masters at Billykirk. From bifold wallets and leather ring belts, to masterful messenger bags—everything is shot through with an expertly balanced blend of modern functionality and timeless good looks. And that’s a good thing, because these pieces will be with you for many years to come.