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American West Leather Handbags

Updated on March 27, 2013

Leather products, particularly Western-style leather products, are quite popular in Texas. Go to any mall shop or kiosk and you'll find many leather products and imitation leather products. Genuine leather handbags make great Mother's Day gifts for that special woman on your list.

American West, founded in 1986, is one of the leaders, if not the leader, in Western-style leather products. Each of their beautiful products is handmade and hand-tooled from 100% selected genuine leather one at a time. They are hand-tooled by Guarani Indian tribe skilled craftsman who painstakingly hand stamp every single intricate detail. They can be found in over 2000 retail locations over the United States and Canada. All of their products carry an unconditional lifetime manufacturer’s defect guarantee to the original owner with a valid receipt.

American West Handbag
American West Handbag

American West Handbags and Matching Accessories

American West carries a large selection of quality leather Western-style handbags with matching wallets (hipster, zip-around, tri-fold, French and flap), cosmetic cases, address books, PDA cases, cellphone cases, Bible covers and Day Planners. They even carry bi-fold, tri-fold and rodeo wallets for men. All their products come in a variety of styles, colors and designs to fit anyone's tastes.

You can find glossy, pebble an tumbled blacks, browns, tans, and cherry purses with silver or brass conchos, silver or brass studs, intricate tooling, hair-on cowhide and everything in between. Below is a list of their current collections.

  • Desert Wildflower Collection
  • Elk River Collection
  • Shadow Ridge Collection
  • Annie's Secret Collection
  • Riverbend Collection
  • Sweet Serenade Collection
  • Bucking Bronco Collection
  • Dungaree Collection
  • Renegade Collection
  • Tularosa Collection
  • Cowgirl Wings Collection
  • Calico Creek Collection
  • Southern Grace Collection
  • Sundance Collection
  • Rose Are Red Collection
  • Prairie Rose Collection
  • Santa Fe Spirit Collection
  • Lady Lace Collection
  • Triple C Collection
  • Tumbleweed Collection
  • Retro Romance Collection
  • Over the Rainbow Totes Collection
  • Everyday Cowgirl Totes Collection
  • Harvest Moon Collection
  • Heartland Collection
  • Boot Scoot Boogie Collection

Some of their Previous Collections:

  • Color Me Pretty-American West's newest collection in all the pretty pastels just in time for Spring 2010. Be one of the first to own one of these!

  • Vegas Nights Collection-features hand-stained wine red or black handbags with crystal and silver accents featuring a silver buckle style accent

  • Victorian Grace Collection-features tan colored scroll patterns over dark brown hair-on hide or chocolate-colored scroll patterns over brindle hair-on hide with silver buckled straps and antique studs.

  • Lucky Star Collection-features a studded brown horseshoe and star pattern over black or a cherry, mustard and antique turquoise star and horseshoe on a rich golden brown leather. This one is a must –see. It probably doesn’t sound pretty, but it’s beautiful.

  • Texas Gold Collection-features pebble black and gloss black leather with brass conchos and studs with gold-colored stitching.

  • Rock Star Collection-features pebble black and gloss black leather with silver studs and crystals with rows of ornate crystal crosses.

  • Bohemian Chic Collection-features earthy brown pebble leather with gold accents or pebble black leather with silver accents. This collection features a leather fringe and leather cross stitching.

  • City Girl Collection-probably the least Western-looking of any of their collections. This handbag comes in the soft black pebble leather with silver top-stitching and sleek silver accents.

  • Prairie Rose Collection-if you like hair-on cowhide purses, this is the style for you. The white and brown spotted hide is featured over beautiful chocolate brown leather with silver scrolled buckles and studs.

  • Retro Romance Collection-if you like intricately tooled leather in a warm aged mocha-colored brown, you’ll love this collection. The tooling is a floral and basket weave pattern accented with antique studs and silver belt buckles.

  • Black Beauty Collection-black tumbled chrome leather on silky black hair-on cowhide accented with silver and brass studding and three-piece buckles.

  • Round Up Collection-hand-carved traditional branding iron markings on warm two-tone brown leather accented by dark chocolate leather trim, silver star belt buckles and silver crystals.

  • Boot Scoot Boogie Collection-these flashy handbags are inspired by the glitzy cowgirl styled boots. They remind me of the fad bustier purses because of the cleavage style cut. These purses probably have the most color, studs, and creative styling of all the collections. They use a lot of turquoise in this collection. This is definitely the collection to get to express your Western diva.

  • Lady Lace Collection-features hand-tooled dimensional warm antique brown leather and turquoise leather with silver studs.

  • Sedona Sunsets Collection-features hand-tooled antique cherry leather with lots of brass studs, brass eyelets and brass buckles. It is accented in gold-colored stitching.

  • Frontier Collection-features the basket weave and floral hand-tooling on a natural colored light tan leather with small silver studs and silver buckles.

  • Over the Rainbow Collection-features a classic tote with hand-tooled leather in a warm brown, turquoise, a periwinkle purple or a cherry mahogany.

  • Mojave Dunes Collection-features a warm brown tooled leather over a dark brown tooled leather accented in brass studs, brass conchos and brass buckles.

  • Rodeo Star Collection-features warm brown tooled leather with a chocolate brown hair-on cowhide star with small silver studs.

  • Cowgirl Totes Collection-features the same tote with different colors and patterns. Some feature cutouts with turquoise accents, some feature studded patterns and some feature studded horseshoe appliqués or turquoise studs.

  • Wild Horses Collection-features dark brown and black brindle hair-on cowhide with dark brown and black leathers. They are accented in brown leather stitching, silver studs and silver buckles.

  • Road Trip Collection-this a fun collection of dark totes and backpacks featuring smaller travel-sizes with cute patterns and the cross body straps for easy carrying.

Spring & Summer 2013 Collections

  • Forget-Me-Not Collection
  • River Rock Collection
  • Chaps Collection
  • Rain Dance Collection
  • Annie's Secret Collection
  • Midnight Horizons Collection
  • Casablanca Collection
  • Ponderosa Collection

American West Luggage and Travel Bags

American West also has a nice selection of luggage and travel pieces such as toiletry bags, briefcases, laptop cases or bags, shaving kits, boot bags, duffel bags and totes.

The luggage and travel collections are:

  • Cattle Drive Collection-This is a luggage collection in beautiful warm and dark brown hand-tooled leathers in basket weave and oak leave patterns with small silver studs.
  • Round Up Travel-features the companion pieces to the Round Up handbag collection described above.

  • Old West Travel-features dark brown tumbled leather in a floral hand-tooled pattern accented with brass studs and brass buckles

  • Oak Leaf Travel Collection-features the rich mahogany leather with hand-tooled oak leaf, acorn and basket weave patterns with silver star cochos and silver three-piece buckles.

  • Dop Kit Collection-personal grooming cases to match most of their travel pieces that have waterproof lined pockets.

  • Retro Romance Travel-features the companion pieces to the Retro Romance handbag collection described above.

  • Prairie Rose Travel Collection-features the companion pieces to the Prairie Rose handbag collection described above.

  • Backpacker Collection-features beautiful backpacks with loads of intricate details and patterns to chose from in a handy size with loads of handy pocket features.



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    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Thanks for passing it on, Duchess!

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      9 years ago

      Sent this one on to my boss!

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you Zsuzsy Bee....I adore leather "anything". I even buy leather scented candles. You're right about them being worn or broken in too. So nice. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      KCC there is nothing that equals the feel of good leather. Amazingly the more its worn the better it looks too.

      fabulous hub about all my favorites

      regards Zsuzsy

    • KCC Big Country profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Central Texas

      Could it be that Texas-shaped halo that floats above our heads? LOL I think you're right. Leather is a popular choice anywhere because of it's durability and oh my, I do love that smell.

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      Money Glitch 

      9 years ago from Texas

      Great Hub KCC, You're right leather is popular in Texas; and it is purchased and taken all over the world. I was in New York several years back with boots on from Texas, and was amazed when an Australian that I met there identified where I was from by looking at my boots(which are plain with no identifying emblems)... To this day I still do not know how he was able to guess correctly.


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