Some artisans have to start from scratch. At People’s Choice, we are carrying on recipes and traditions handed down through four generations of jerky makers, but we’re the lucky ones.

Benjamin Cunningham of Benjamin Bott began working with leather simply because he loves making things with his hands. Oh, and the wallets he bought kept falling apart. He figured he could find a better way.

So, through a process of trial and error, Benjamin taught himself how to hand stitch leather goods. He had no family secrets to fall back on, no trusted mentor to teach him the basics. Ben figured out the process, the tools and the materials through a mixture of experimentation, ingenuity and Internet research.

Today, Benjamin Bott boasts dozens of handcrafted leather goods, from wallets and billfolds to valets and lighter sleeves. You can buy them here or check them out at his Instagram account.