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There are several methods to place order from JLS Leather.
Use the “add to cart” buttons on the product page to place order in the online store. Payment is made either by credit card or PayPal account through PayPal. Verify your order in the cart and checkout pages.
Use the payment buttons right on the page you are viewing. To purchase an item without going to the cart and checkout pages, select options you’d like. Then click the GOLD Paypal button to pay with a debit or credit card. In the window that opens, scroll past log in to the button to “pay with debit or credit card”. Alternately, you can select the BLUE button to use PayPal Credit.
Receive an invoice. Use the CONTACT page or an email to describe the items you are interested. Or upload a file which shows or describes your interest. Leave a phone number if you’d like to be contacted by phone. We can work out details of your order and send an invoice you can pay directly.
Call the number provided to order over the phone using your credit card. Please have your card ready, as we do not store credit card information.
No, you don’t have to register or create an account to use this site.
You can purchase JLS Leather goods as a ‘guest’ and pay with your card either through PayPal or over the phone. Or, you may also use our contact form or an email to describe your request. We will take the details of your request and send a personalized invoice for payment.
However, we hope you will consider registering. With an account your shipping information is filled in on your next visit. Additionally, this provides you with a history of your purchases, and allows you to leave a review for your purchase. Registered users also receive discounts on future purchases.
With or without an account, we do not store your payment information. The only information we retain is the address where you would like your purchase shipped.
Items in the Available Now section are shipped the next business day.
Other items are made in the order they are requested. The wait period is updated under “current order lead time”.
This number is generally a ‘safe’ time frame – your item will likely ship slightly before that time – and we will notify of any changes.
Most orders are custom orders. It would not be possible to list all the variations possible, to say nothing of trying to stock every combination.
The photo galleries on this site show past work which you can have made or altered to suit. We don’t do “anything and everything” in leather, but feel free to ask.
A better question would be, “Why do others price so much higher?”
In any item, you have quality of materials and quality of workmanship. That said:
- We use the best American leather available – the top grade hides from the best tanneries. And only the best cuts from those. Others are not using better leather.
- We design our holsters – except a few vintage models we get asked to do, otherwise original. We have actually seen people charging more than we do and using our design (while claiming it’s theirs of course).
- DO NOT let us tell us how great our work is. Set our work next to another and compare for yourself.
So what IS it “they” are charging you for? Drying time? The time they spend whipping up social media posts full of ‘hype’? The payment on their new truck?
Here you’re billed based on the actual work involved. We don’t bill for drying time, OR social media ‘hype’. In fact, we don’t bill ‘time’ at all. By that [supposed] logic, the slowest man would be paid the most. We do not reward slowness, nor ask you to reward it.
The difference between curved panel holsters vs pancake holsters is clear on inspection.
What some call “pancake holsters’, and we call “50/50 holsters”, are designed with a body side panel and an outside panel basically mirror images, and optionally a reinforcement panel. They assemble with a seam down the center line of the pistol. Though easy to lay out and make, these can be problematic. Those with thick firearms and/or thin waists likely have more trouble. If you’ve used these, you already know they can bind on your gun, dependent on the curve and tightness of your belt.
Worth noting, some make what they call a “flat back” holster. We find that the curve produces better retention than flat, and do so without binding.
“Curved panel” holsters have a similar construction – a body side panel and an outside panel, and optional reinforcement panel. But the panels have different contours and assemble with a curve built in.
This is not the same as sewing two like pieces together and then bending the slots back. There is far less bind on the firearm, even on small waists and with thicker gun models. Since the holster is worn in it’s normal shape, holster retention is virtually the same on or off the belt. The tension of the holster does not rely on the tension on the belt. Additionally, this generally allows for a smaller outline front to back and in many cases serves to pull the grip in closer to the body.
For more on this topic, see the blog post.
Actually the thickness is the same, but they do lay closer to the body than a 5050 ‘pancake’ holster. That hype about pancakes being thinner has been told for years. Because those ‘pancake’ holsters are so easy to design and make, most people who sell them don’t want to dispel the hype and thus discourage (inform) potential buyers.
Rocket science not required for this. With EITHER a ‘pancake’ holster (seam down the center) or a curved panel holster (seam off center to one side) you have:
- a layer of leather, then
- the pistol, then
- another layer of leather. And you may also have
- a “reinforcement” layer of leather.
The only way to make one thinner than the other is to use thinner leather (you could buy a thinner pistol).
For more information about this, see the blog post on holster design and the upgrade to curved panel holsters.
When ordering a mag pouch, right or left refers to your strong side, or shooting hand. Unless requested otherwise, our mag carriers are made to suit the weak side (opposite gun hand) with ammo pointing down range.
The mag carrier shown is a “right hand”, meaning mag will be ammo down and ammo pointing forward when worn on the left side.
For additional information, see the magazine pouch details page.
No, holster lining is not a “must” have, in the sense that we’ll make you one without lining if you prefer. It’s not so much a question of what the lining does for the gun as it is what it does for the holster.
We use either smooth tooling leather (same as on the outside) or a “split” leather, which is less smooth but not “nappy” – it’s vegetable tanned and very nicely cut. We don’t use “nappy” suede that can collect dust and particles (which WOULD affect the gun).
And the ‘why’ of lining is much like a braided rope is stronger than a single fiber rope of the SAME THICKNESS. The layers pull against each other to make the whole assembly much firmer, for longer.
If you’ve ever seen a single layer leather holster used in high humidity areas, you know how a sweat shield can get “dog-eared” and floppy. The laminated layers vastly reduce that, since the outer layer would have to actually stretch to let the inside layer sag (and vice versa).
With most holster models, we recommend lining the body side panel, and then on the outside (away) panel EITHER go with a lining OR a “reinforcement” panel, but not both. And of course all of our exotic leather holsters are “lined” to give the holster shape and firmness.
Vegetable tanned suede leathers are acceptable for use as holster lining material.
For some reason, people sometimes think of ‘suede’ and ‘leather’ as different things. ‘Suede’ is simply leather with the top layers removed – and often the new surface is buffed.
The issue for holster linings is the tanning of the leather. Chrome tanned leather contains chemicals (chromium salts) that can react with a blued finish on a gun. With composite materials and newer surface finishes, this is less of an issue than in the past.
Your holster is made with vegetable tanned leather and thus the inside IS vegetable tanned sueded leather without adding anything. Veg-tan suede may be useful, for examples, if the user would like the holster made a bit thicker or for color contrast.
Check the Gun Models Holster Availability Page. This list is not complete but I have these holster molds currently in hand. I will make holsters for models not shown, though there may be a delay to obtain the proper holster mold.
Pistol manufacturers covered by my holsters include Bersa, Boberg, Bond Arms, Charter Arms, Colt, Glock, RIA, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, and more.
THE BEST way to get the correct belt size is to measure around yourself – over the top of clothing of the same type the belt will be worn with – at the point where the belt will be worn. Alternately, you can measure a belt that currently fits you as shown below.
The reason for this may be clearer to the girls than the guys. Men tend to have ONE place where all of our jeans ride about the same. Women may have one pair high on the waist, one at the waist, and another worn on the hips, each resulting in different measurements. MORE INFORMATION can be found in the belt info page.
Yes! With any belt, the buckle is part of the belt size. Consider the following picture. Three straps are shown, each the same size. Changing the buckle to a buckle of different length changes the belt size by that change in length.
Yes. All belts are supplied with a buckle unless requested otherwise. Some buckles I use fairly frequently are shown in the photo gallery on the belt page.
Buckle types, sizes, and prices abound. Personally, I prefer solid brass buckles attached with snaps for easy replacement, but I have used chrome plated steel, stainless steel, and silver. There is no additional charge for any of the buckles displayed on this site.
Yes, you can provide your own buckle. It has been interesting to see some of the unique buckles.
We make belts to suit your buckles, and also replacement belts from clients’ vintage or worn belts.
Sending us the buckle you wish to use is the BEST way to ensure that your new leather belt properly fits both your buckle and your waist. But, we realize that some buckles have significant value – either monetary or sentimental. And some may prefer not to ship an heirloom or rodeo award. In this case, arrangements can be made. See the belt information page on how to measure, or drop me a line and I’ll tell you how to go about that.
Yes, we make a range of leather articles including some one of a kind items. To name a few, we have made:
- Small key holders to wallets
- Checkbooks and clutch purses
- Handbags and notebooks – including Coast Guard charge books
- Weight lifting and other specialty belts
- Replacement straps for designer handbag
- Wrist support for violinist.
- Replacement chair seats.
Feel free to ask about specific items – we may have some photos.
If we attempt to display every item in every color available (which wouldn’t be possible) odds are we’d only succeed in slowing down the web site noticeably. We try to balance between showing available colors and maintaining ease of use.
However, we do have other photos showing some colors or combinations not shown in specific listings. You can see more combinations in our new-ish @jlsleather instagram collection.
Or, contact us by any of the methods provided and we’ll see if we have that picture or can make one. At the very least, we can quickly provide a picture of the materials used to make a project (ex.; natural leather with ostrich leg accent and dark brown thread).