Leather for the Ready

    For men who cannot wait the obligatory four to six months for Béatrice Amblard’s custom-made leather goods, there is good news. The Hermès-trained artisan has launched a ready-made line of men’s wallets, passport holders, and card cases at her April in Paris boutique in San Francisco. The men’s line is offered in an array of colors and exotic skins with “surprising details inside,” says Amblard. A classic brown alligator six-card wallet, for instance, is lined in bright blue leather. The ready-made line of eight accessory styles is also available at Bergdorf Goodman in New York.

    Amblard was sent to San Francisco in the late 1980s as an ambassador for the French brand’s newly opened boutique. In 2000, after 14 years designing custom leather goods for Hermès, Amblard opened her own retail boutique in the U.S. In addition to the men’s line, the store offers custom-made handbags and accessories in alligator, calf, ostrich, lizard, or stingray, finished with a classic saddle stitch, and marked with her logo, an 18-karat gold or sterling silver bee, a shortened version of the designer’s first name. (www.aprilinparis.us)

    —Alexandra Foster

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