Being a control freak is a double-edged sword: you cook your own steak perfectly, your car sparkles just right, but you're also the only one who can give yourself the epic handjob you really deserve. Reap the benefits of someone else's control issues, with Makr's new summer collection. Out of Orlando of all places, and meticulously crafted by the designer and a small cadre of local artisans, Makr works from scratch to hone fine leather into wallets, camera cases, and phone sleeves durable enough to last into a future where they're obsolete, 'cause Skynet took all your stuff. Makr starts with a swath of leather, resolutely ages/polishes/waxes it before laser-etching patterns like plaid and super-fine herringbone, then cuts prototypes in-house -- allowing constant fiddling before production, which generally involves a healthy dose of "If I Was a Rich Man". Design's ardently minimal and clean, with most hand-sewn wallets crafted of a single piece of leather folded upon itself to reduce seams, then cut into models like a vertical single pocket with a specially cut lip for finger/thumb ergonomics; one with two pockets thanks to a leather divider; a horizontal job with top flap; and a snap-button number that's narrow and low-profile, and perfect if your ass is neither. Makr's non-wallets include a small camera case made of soft deerskin and lined with ripstop nylon, and an iPhone sleeve in herringbone, with a grippy suede interior to hold the phone in place, and an opening designed to not muffle your ringtone speaker -- which has been strangely silent since you bragged about your epic handjobs.
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