STUDIO VISIT - The Swords-Smith team took a field trip to Astoria to visit the design studio of AE McAteer. His utilitarian studio is packed with tools and leather. All of his goods are hand-made here including bags, knife belts and horween wallets.
Andrew is a leather-worker who is constantly experimenting. He is quiet, and always focused on his work. As we toured the studio and discussed his process, an old-timey transistor radio played classical music. The quality and attention to detail in his product are a testament that the process of hand-making each piece is important to him. He diligently sources the highest quality materials, from dead-stock leather to custom hardware.