The Popov Leather Team

The Story of
Popov Leather

High Quality Leather Goods, Made Honestly.

It’s hard to believe that what started as a hobby has blossomed into everything you see here.

In 2013, I picked up a leatherworking kit and bought some scrap leather. Countless late nights hunched over my dining room table were all in pursuit of one goal: To create a simple leather wallet that would fit in my front pocket. I made a few dozen crude prototypes, chiseling away at my design until it was just right.

It was my wife, Jill, who convinced me that I might not be the only person struggling to find the best front-pocket wallet for my needs. I posted my design online, and to my surprise, a lot of other people wanted that same simple wallet.

It has taken weeks of patience, months of practice, and years of learning, but this hobby has grown out of my dining room and turned into a thriving business that supports me, my family, and talented people in my community.

Every day I am fortunate to be in my workshop doing what I love. I’m even more fortunate to have found such an amazing group of hard-working people. We take enormous pride in what we make, and nothing leaves our workshop unless we know you’ll love it.

On behalf of the Popov Leather team, thank you for your support.

Ryan Popoff
Co-Founder and Maker

Our Core Values

Build a Legacy

We want to be famous for our customer experiences. We create life-long customer relationships by being accountable, consistent and loyal. We grow with our customers through listening and learning from their feedback.

Quality Doesn’t Need a Label

We believe our craftsmanship should speak for itself. We are down-to-earth, consistent in our craft and have a strong attention to detail. We stand behind our products and refuse to compromise on quality.

Keep our Tools Sharp

We believe in continuous innovation and evolving to meet modern customer expectations. We are adaptable and never settle because there’s always an opportunity to grow.

Work Shoulder-to-Shoulder

We support each other and our community as we grow and embrace challenges. We have a desire to learn, value creativity, and believe in celebrating hard work and accomplishments. We stick to our commitments, treat everyone with respect, and communicate openly and honestly.

Meet the Team

Shannon

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
Heritage brown notebook cover. It's so classy! And the air fresheners are unique and give that posh new car smell.

Favorite leather? 
What's your favorite leather? Heritage brown. It's rich, dreamy and gets better with time!

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 

The smart, creative, fun team!

What's something we'd never guess about you? 
I played trumpet so poorly in high-school that my teacher asked me to fake it at our holiday concert.

What animal would be the most terrifying if it could speak? 
House cats. The sass. The unadulterated anger. The mood swings. You would never sleep again.

Daniela

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
Dopp Kits - they are soooo cute.

Favorite leather? 
Natural Chromexcel

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
Working with my hands to produce these amazing products. And have my weekends free!!

What is something that everyone looks stupid doing? 
Trying to look natural when they're being photographed or filmed.

What's your life's theme song?
 
Deixa A Vida Me Levar by Zeca Pagodinho

Whitney

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
Totes. I use one everyday and it is a great catch-all. It looks so nice with everything.

Favorite leather? 
English Tan <3 It is my favorite because it's such a classic color. Driftwood is a close second.

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
We have a great work environment and I enjoy coming to work. I especially enjoy doing QA (Quality Assurance) and making sure everything will be exactly what was ordered.

What's something we'd never guess about you? 
Played roller derby for five years and competed at a national level. 

Jill

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
Front Pocket Cardholder. It's what i use myself daily.

Favorite leather? 
Natural because it's our original Horween leather.

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
Watching the business grow and evolve over time.

Is a hot dog a sandwich, and why? 
Of course, it's between bread. Therefore it's a sandwich.

What's your worst bug-related story? 
Having a lifetime of dealing with bugs because Ryan won't :P 

Dave

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
Front Pocket Cardholder. Classic, simple, functional.

Favorite leather? 
English Tan. I think it has the most character and patinas really well.

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
Working with my hands. And being in a workshop with creative, hard-working, fun people.

What's something we'd never guess about you? 
I have a collection of over 350 books.

What is your life's theme song? 
The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel

Laura

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
Field Notes Covers. My favorite EDC! I take down notes and ideas, make grocery lists, draw.. anytime and every day.

Favorite leather? 
Natural. Because of the amazing patina, the oily and "raw" texture. The intriguing color.

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
Working with my hands, helping people and working with amazing people. And cookies and snacks :)

What's something we'd never guess about you? 
I spent a month living off the grid in the middle of Australia in a jungle among spiders, cockroaches, pythons and other creepy venomous creatures. I got married in India.

How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza? 
Worst idea ever! Why?! Sacrilege!

Marnie

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
I just love our card holders. They are a brilliant design - so simple and classic, plus they are a dream to sew. Gotta say, I also love our Tote Bags - so fun to make.

Favorite leather? 

Shell Cordovan (Dark Green) and I love it because it's just so gorgeous to work with. The finished products are spectacular.

What is your most unusual talent? 

I can mimic some bird calls, my favorite is my golden eagle.

What's in your pockets right now? 
Leather bits and a band aid.

If you could jump into a pool full of something, what would it be? 
Beer - specifically the Saison variety.

Bob

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
Belts. I love how each of our belt leathers change uniquely depending how they are used. Belts on Jeans, like the denim, gain comfort and character with every experience you take them through. Belts on dress pants age gracefully with a smooth softness. While our standard belts are a strong presence on any kind of pant, I also really like our business casual belts for a lighter feel on shorts in the summer.

Favorite leather? 
English Tan: dynamic patterns and changes over time.

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
Being part of a great team in a nice workshop.

What's your worst bug-related story? 
Had wasps in my motorcycle helmet while on the highway.

In 40 years, what will people be nostalgic for? 
Re-issues of re-issued vinyl reissues.

Branda

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
5 Card Wallet

Favorite leather? 
Natural - so oily and feels the best!

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
Snacks and beer. Inspiring place and people. Everyone here seems like a doer. Smells great.

Is a hot dog a sandwich, and why? 
No, a sandwich must have more than one ingredient that's not a condiment (unless it's grilled cheese). A hot dog is just a different food item entirely.

If someone asked to be your apprentice and learn all that you know, what would you teach them? 
Weaving. I wove twill structures on my 12 shaft loom for 10 years and had a weaving business. Would love to teach. It's so learnable: follow the pattern, get the result.

Ryan

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
The front pocket card holder. It was the first wallet I ever designed and I still carry it to this day.

Favorite leather? 
Natural. It's the original Popov color for all our products.

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
Working with a team of folks who are just as hard-working and passionate about leather goods as I am.

What's something we'd never guess about you? 
I'm a huge video-game geek and my favorite video game is Earthbound (Mother 2) developed by Shigesato Itoi's company Ape, Inc. Itoi also founded Hobonichi Daily Planners (which we also make leather covers for!)

How do you feel about putting pineapple on pizza? 
Disgusting. I like fresh pineapple, but can't stand it cooked.

Stacy

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
I really love the book covers. They are all so simple, elegant and clean. The item you never knew you needed.

Favorite leather? 
Shell Cordovan.

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
I love the small business atmosphere that fosters a great balance for work and life. I love coming to work everyday feeling like I'm going to see friends, have gut-wrenching belly laugh attacks and leave feeling like I helped grow the company.

What's something we'd never guess about you? 
One of my favorite things in the whole world is laying in bed and having the sheets thrown over like a parachute. Takes me back to childhood.

If you could jump into a pool full of something, what would it be? 
Money.

Lucia

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
The long wallets, they fit everything and have a cute button :)

Favorite leather? 
Natural, I love how it feels!

What is something we'd never guess about you? 

I danced professional Flamenco for 13 years and would perform weekly back in South America. Also, I toured with six Cirque du Soleil shows for 7+ years around the world.

How do you feel about pineapple on pizza?
I absolutely love it, mango, too!

What animal would be most terrifying if it could speak?
A cat, they are not terrifying but I wish I knew what goes through their heads!

Cypress


Favorite Popov Leather item? 
The Long Wallet.

Favorite leather? 
English Tan.

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
Working with all the amazing people here.

What's your worst bug-related story? 
Probably when my bedroom had a bunch of wolf spiders in it and they kept hiding under my pillows and would crawl out from under them when laid down.

If you could jump into a pool full of something, what would it be? 
Water.

Cliff

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
The Card holder. It's very simple and beautiful.

Favorite leather? 
English Tan. It has a variety of color and character.

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 

The smell of leather in the Workshop. And vinyl Friday. I've become a big fan of vinyl Friday.

What's your worst bug-related story?
I saw a moth the size of a pigeon when I was in the army.

What's your life's theme song?
 
Like it - Jongshin Yoon. He is an amazing singer. He releases one song a month since April, 2010. I admire his consistency. Respect!!.

HEATHER

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
I think the 
traditional wallet has a stylish and timeless look. Our totes are so gorgeous too though. It’s hard to choose!

Favorite leather? 

I think the English Tan is lovely. Beautiful tones and colour.

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
The people and pretty incredible, it’s a great team. I enjoy making high quality products that people can believe in. It makes me proud to know my work is going out into the world and then into someone’s hands.

What is something everyone looks stupid doing?
Eating tacos. You can’t do that classy.

Is a hot dog a sandwich, and why?
It’s a wannabe sandwich. It can’t compete in the big leagues.

What's your life's theme song?
My theme song is Kid Cudi - ‘Pursuit of Happiness’

Andrew

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
My favorite leather item is the money clip wallet - it's the wallet I've wanted for years! I also love my A5 Note Keeper journal.

Favorite leather? 
Natural Chromexcel. It's a very consistent material, and easy to work with. It looks great with just about any thread, and it ages beautifully, but in an understated way.

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
It's a dead tie between two opposites: on the one hand, the superlative people I get to work beside. On the other, the ability to devour podcasts and audiobooks (or just think deep thoughts) when I'm in the finishing shed or on the press.

What is something we'd never guess about you? 
I blacked out from heat exhaustion while I was in an army honour guard waiting for the Queen.

Is a hot dog a sandwich, and why?
That depends on whether the bun is fully split. According to the Cube Rule of Food, a hot dog is a sandwich if the bun is fully split, as the starch is on two sides. If the bun is only partially split, the starch is then on three sides, making it technically a taco.

Alana Marie

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
Tote Bag.

Favorite leather? 
Natural, because it’s so soft and the way the colour changes with wear.

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
The warm and positive atmosphere. It’s great to work for a smaller, family owned business that is constantly evolving in real time.

What is something everyone looks stupid doing?
Prancercising

What is something we'd never guess about you? 
How frequently I am compelled to prancercise

What's your life's theme song?
A Change is Gonna Come - The Neville Brothers

JAKE

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
The long wallet.

Favorite leather? 

It has to be natural. Its so nice in my hand, and just feels so right for who I am.

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
Digging through the leather scraps like a raccoon to see what I can make use of.

How do you feel about pineapple on pizza?
I dont like it or dislike it, i dont see what the fuss is all about. Im a savage. If im hungry I will eat most things you put infront of me.

What is something we'd never guess about you? 
I was once in a dance crew.

What's your life's theme song?
Princess Mononoke-The legend of Ashitaka-Joe Hisaishi

TYSON

Favorite Popov Leather item? 
Dopp Kits. It’s a tough little leather bag that’s great for more then just toiletries!

Favorite leather? 

Heritage Brown looks sharp. But Natural sure is nice to work with.

Favorite part about working at Popov Leather? 
The shop for sure. Nice smell, excellent equipment and a great crew!

What's in your pockets right now?
Keys, pocket knife, lip balm, $4.90 in coins.

Is a hot dog a sandwich, and why?
No. Mainly cause I wager a sandwich is made up of slab shaped layers of ingredients. Any sausage on/in a bun is outside that criteria.

What's your life's theme song?
Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked - Cage The Elephant

DAMON

Coming Soon

Inside the workshop

A peek inside the day-to-day at Popov Leather. We're currently operating out of a renovated animal kennel measuring just over 1,400 sqft in size.

Every product that's ordered is made to order. That means we create every single order from scratch for our customers. From the time we receive an order, it gets cut from our full grain leather, assembled, sewn, finished, inspected and finally shipped. Each product we craft passes through many hands before it reaches a customer. There is nothing automated or fancy about what we do. The care and dedication to our work comes through in the final product.

Every email you send us, phone call you make, is answered by a member of our team. Someone who knows our products, who makes our products, and who uses our products daily. We wouldn't have it any other way.