We've created something we are truly proud of. In collaboration with Alaskan leather artist Mary Hayden and the innovative Tidal Vision, producer of 100% sustainable wild Alaska salmon leather, we've made a minimalist wallet sourced from Alaska and made in Alaska. Swap your bulky wallet for this subtle statement piece, a classic wallet that will stand the test of time and become more beautiful as it ages. Subtly branded with the Salmon Sisters logo and constructed with pieces of ocean blue and natural brown salmon leather, scales and all, these tiny treasures are a show-stopper.
Our wallets are cut by hand one at a time, hand-stitched, and the edges hand-burnished by leather artist Mary Hayden. She constructs them from 3-4 oz vegetable tanned leather from Wickett & Craig Tannery in Pennsylvania, one of the few authentic American tanneries left today. This leather is sturdy while stretching to accommodate the wallet's contents, and darkens with use and age to a lovely patina. The wallets are hand-sewn using waxed linen thread in a two needle saddlestitch. This kind of stitch is stronger than that sewn by a machine. Once assembled, the wallet is treated with a beeswax-based leather conditioner.
Mary Hayden, our talented wallet maker, moved to Homer, Alaska from Georgia six years ago. She started working with leather after her son Wyatt was born last year. Making something tangible and learning something new from each project she took on was a welcomed reassurance during the strange time of new motherhood. Mary works from her home in Homer, and welcomes commissioned leather projects. If you're interested in commissioning something or have questions about her process, contact Mary: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tidal Vision, the supplier of our sustainable wild Alaska salmon leather is an innovative company working to upcycle fishery biproducts and encourage sustainable fishing. Our salmon skins are sourced from Alaska, home of the world's most sustainable fisheries, and treated to withstand time and ware. Learn more about Tidal Vision and support their future ventures!
Our wallets can be purchased on our online shop.
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Rich stories, sketches from the sea, recipes, poetry, time-tested advice, knot-tying - these are just some of the elements that weave into the fishing net of our lives. We are thrilled to be contributing members of The Young Alaska Fishermen’s Almanac, a first-ever compilation that celebrates our unique, shared and cherished fishing ways of life. The Almanac captures the ingenuity, persistence, humor and passion of the next generation of fishing leaders in Alaska and shares the stories of those who fish on Alaska's wild waters.
Meet Alaskan maker and private chef, Morgan Stewart of Gypsy Kitchen in Homer AK. If you're like us and crave seafood pretty much every day of the week, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of her interview for a Pesto Parmesan Baked Halibut recipe featuring Salmon Sisters Seafood.
Meet Oceana Wills! We grew up with Oceana in Homer, Alaska. She fishes commercially for sockeye salmon during the summertime in Bristol Bay and works on her artwork the other parts of the year. Her ocean-inspired prints cover the walls of our own home and we are so happy to share them with you! Find her prints on our web shop and at oceanawills.com.