i had been on the hunt for a new portfolio (hello, nerd alert) for awhile.
every time i’d go into a meeting/interview/etc,
i would feel like a tool grabbing my documents out of my 97 cent plastic CVS-couture when the other guy/girl would suavely walk in with a beautiful briefcase &/or file folder by their side.
i knew i wanted something classic,
i knew i wanted something leather (sorry PETA),
& i knew i wanted something that said, “i care enough about this meeting/interview/etc that i searched & search until i found, what i believe to be, the perfect document holder!”
a few weeks ago, it was just like any other work day when i received an email from Bro #2, “hey, Alton Brown just tweeted about his new briefcase, i checked out the source, & the company also sells portfolios, looks pretty awesome”
obviously, in the name of a decent folder, i dropped whatever i was working on & checked out “Heirloom Leather” on Etsy-
it’s a shop, started from a hobby, that sells some of the most beautiful leather goods my brown eyes have ever seen.
within minutes, not only had i found a potential pocket folder,
i had sent the owner/creator, Paul, a personal note of admiration for creating such beautiful items.
a couple weeks later,
i received my branded “Brooke Melissa” portfolio (pictured above), along with a note back from Paul explaining that when he made Alton Brown’s briefcase, he had no idea it was for THE Alton Brown of Food Network fame.
he kindly thanked me for my business & i kindly thanked him for a classic, leather, “i care about my documents” portfolio.
(related: the portfolio is naturally flawed, buttery soft, & absolutely perfect in terms of its craftsmanship)
check out Paul’s designs here-
they’re all so lovely & my guess is Paul is a pretty great guy, too!