Our Story – Handcrafted Leather Goods – Austin, Texas


Meet the Maker

Katrina Marhefka
is the brains and creative force
behind Espacio Handmade.

(She happens to make it all as well!)

Katrina Marhefka owner of Espacio Handmade    Kat Marhefka hand stitches a leather flask at Espacio Handmade

I noticed that the quality of men’s gifts was lacking the creative caliber of women’s gifts. Espacio Handmade was forged out of this void. Coupled with my graphic design background and with one successful handmade business under my belt, I launched enthusiastically into learning leathersmithing. I honed my craft into what you see today. Each piece is designed and made in my Austin, Texas studio. Espacio Handmade’s goods are the essential accessories for getting up to no good, and looking damn fine in the process.

Katrina Marhefka is our owner, maker and creative force behind Espacio Handmade. Each design is made and finished in our Austin, TX studio. Katrina is also the maker behind Spruce Jewelry, whimsical glass and steel jewelry designed for the ladies. She designs and builds simple, well-crafted products that enrich your quality of life.

Our Process

We design and produce in house.

HAND DYEING

See it in action.

 Espacio Handmade Dyeing Process

STITCHING

Once the leather has dried, we condition and seal the leather, then we stitch.

Espacio Handmade Process: Stitching Flask

For all of our other items, we use a stitching pony that acts as a third hand. You can see it in action while Katrina is stitching a Big Spender Wallet here.

Our Leather // Sustainable & Made in USA

We honor the sacrifice of the animals by utilizing hides that are part of our food source. While we try to choose the most beautiful hides, this ain't no sissy leather; all scars are characteristics of the skin and the animal's life.