We’re not sustainability experts, but we do think and care about our environmental footprint and ethics in our business choices. We use exclusively full grain vegetable-tanned cowhide in our business, and we believe this is the most sustainable choice.

In this post we’ll discuss why we believe this is a sustainable choice, and explore what other sustainability considerations customers have with leather.

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We experience plastic trash on our local beach every week. Now inspired by recent news reports and nature documentaries, we’re taking a stand. Walnut is committing here and now to eliminating single-use plastics in our product packaging – no more new single-use plastic purchases going forward – and we’re reducing plastics everywhere else in our business, too. Here are our reasons why and how – plus a little on how you can help, too. Continue reading

Here at Walnut Studiolo, we are dedicated to lasting quality – which can only come from a thoughtful hands-on process. Here’s why it matters.

One New Year’s Day, on the advice of a friend, we decided to lay out our mission, goals, and values as a company. At first it felt hokey, but by the end, it had a more profound impact on us that we could have imagined. Now we want to share them with you.  Continue reading

Respecting the land is a core tenant of Walnut Studiolo. That’s why we are so proud to live in a region where the natural environment seeps into everything we do: our back yard is a forest and the powerful ocean is nearby. Continue reading

A few years ago, one of James Cooper’s friends gave him a monogrammed small storage box from Walnut Studiolo, and the photographer was soon hooked. Continue reading

Introducing the UpCycle Cage – a Kickstarter-exclusive, limited run, adjustable-sized bicycle water bottle cage hand-built from upcycled stainless steel water bottles.

Once in a while, I get an email from a customer who really, really likes our stuff, but wishes we didn’t make it out of leather. I’m sympathetic to the need to live ethically and to make purchases that reflect our own ethics. I am interested in exploring new, non-petroleum-based materials, but there are a few reasons […]

 Why buy from a small and local retailer or maker? Here are my thoughts:   Because we want choices. A community filled with lots of small businesses is the best way to ensure diversity and innovation in our product choices. Rather than one centrally-located buyer deciding what the whole nation wants, a multitude of small businesses, […]

“What kind of leather do you you use? I assume it’s genuine leather? Could you tell me where you source it from?” -Jason Great questions, Jason. The leather we use is the real deal. It is the same leather used for horse bridles and equestrian gear. It is meant to harness rearing horses and be outdoors […]