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Marked is going against the grain by making goods from scratched, branded, and scuffed pieces generally considered scrap by the leather industry. Because it’s these markings, says founder Scott Loeser, that hold a richer history than their flawless counterparts, and they make each product unique. Marked was recently launched in Northeast Minneapolis by Loeser and business partner Rhea O’Connor, who met in the first graduating class of the Makers Coalition, a group that educates artisan sewers. They hand-make each bag or accessory as orders come in through their online shop, piecing together tote bags, satchels, wallets, and more. Their sturdy design and classic aesthetic make Marked leather goods timeless, take-anywhere staples with a one-of-a-kind spin. •markedleather.com

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Jun 24, 2014 07:55 pm
 Posted by  Maker

While Minnesota Monthly has been a great publication for a very long time in the great state of Minnesota, it was very surprising to see them support such a silly little little company like this with no real substance.

Unfortunately if you have actually ever purchased or taken a close look at any product "made" by this company, you will see it is the work of true amateurs. They have a lot of work to do still and their products are not of good quality. While the leather actually seems to be quite nice, the makers need a better design team and better craftsmanship. Some of the bags are just plain boring in design. The website and marketing seem to be falsely advertising what this product actually represents. Fancy shmancy words, that's all. While the company is trying to portray a rugged, yet stylish approach, it hardly compares to its competitors in other regions of the country or even in Minnesota (if you can even call it competition). While it looks okay, it resembles the work of a elementary home economics student trying to sew their first pillow. Deceiving is what this is. It will truly be a long time before this company actually sees any actual growth if they keep "hand sewing" product that looks like a 3rd grade art project. It was surprising to see an organization like the MIA, truly a main staple for the art world in Minneapolis, carrying their amateur product in their little gift shop when it was noticed for the first time last week by myself. It's just all kind of silly. If this is what the Makers Coalition produced, it doesn't say a whole lot for that program. But I guess you have to start somewhere....somewhere very premature.

Does anyone know how many people actually make up this company?

Jun 28, 2014 09:16 pm
 Posted by  MarkedLeather

Hi Maker,
The company is made up of two people here in Minneapolis and we stand behind the quality of our products. If you've purchased an item and are having an issue please let us know.
Marked Leather

Jun 30, 2014 04:45 pm
 Posted by  ehbh

I have have 2 accessories from Marked that I just love. The leather is beautiful and the craftmanship is amazing! I love that they are handmade to order.

Jun 30, 2014 06:46 pm
 Posted by  NGM

I have purchased several wallets, business card holders, a handbag and a passport cover. I love them! I was told my veg tanned wallet would get darker and more beautiful with use, and they were right - all my pieces are wonderful!
High quality, cool stitching and riveting, great pricing with an eye for detail - along with the individuality of a "brand" on each of the bags - where's the downside? This is a great little Minnesota start-up and I'll continue to support them and their mission to bring sweet leather goods, hand-made and affordable, to a wider market as I can afford to. Thanks for writing a great article on a new company with great heart and beautiful craftsmanship.

Jul 1, 2014 09:30 am
 Posted by  V.G.G

I recently met this company at the MIA's 3rd Thursday event. The product was beautiful.The only thing I wished was for more colors of leather. I talked with the guy, Scott I guess, and besides the awesome product and the awesome story it was his love for what he's doing that made me want to buy. Shame on the other commenter for writing such unfounded words. New companies consume a lot of heart and soul and raw effort. I think Marked Leather, the people behind it, and those supporting them will be exited to know that the product they have now is just the first of what I hope is a very successful and famous company coming from our city of Minneapolis. Somebody besides the big corporate companies in this town should get some attention, why not Marked?

Jul 1, 2014 12:12 pm
 Posted by  TaylorB

I received a Marked wallet as a gift and I couldn't be more pleased with it. The design is clean, sturdy, and simple and after a year of use, the leather has turned a brilliant hue. I've gotten a lot of compliments on it. Nice product from a new local business.

@Maker -- constructive criticism is healthy for businesses to improve their product but your comment comes off as trollish in nature. Do you have some sadness in your life?

Jul 1, 2014 05:17 pm
 Posted by  Cape33

I love everything about my bag that I purchased from Marked Leather. I personally am very happy with the craftsmanship. I travel quite a bit and I can't even tell you how many people inquire about my bag. I was in Chicago last month and saw a similar blurb to this one in a CHI fashion mag. The company (name escapes me) that was featured showed a similar style bag for $1400!! My bag was a fraction of that. I realize cost isn't always an issue and I may not have much to compare my bag to (not having done extensive leather bag shopping). What I do know is that I couldn't be more satisfied. My only gripe is that they don't have more styles to offer! I want another bag and a friend of mine already has the messenger! However, the idea that it is exclusive also caters to me. So it's a double-edged sword in that regard. Scott is one of my favorite parts about the company (his passion/interest/involvement)...along with the story, aesthetic. Really everything about them. It seems as though Maker is in the minority here. Everyone loves their stuff. Which leads me to believe A) Maker has a personal grudge ( B) Maker's taste is one in which can NEVER be satisfied C) Maker has CLEARLY never put his heart/soul into a business venture (discussing business growth for handmade goods?? Propose to them a better business model!)...and if he/she has, how can you criticize someone who works so hard at what they do for a living, hobby or passion??

At the end of the day, I never post on here but felt obligated after reading that first post. It just so happened that I own something from them. Was it that Maker purchased something and was unhappy? Most of Marked Leather goods seem to be cut-to-order (meaning you'd have to had picked one out beforehand). And from what I was told, they are more than willing to stand by their product and repair anything that may need repair. I beat the S*** outa my bad on trips and she's a standin' strong! I'll be on the lookout for upcoming styles fo sho!

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