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If you've got more cow in your wallet than you do in your hamburger, then Derek Shaw is your guy. The leather craftsman's label, Waskerd, centers around slim-profile personal accessories hand-stitched by the designer in his Manayunk studio. Particularly popular among the bulge-eschewers? The full-grain leather Astoria ($70) and Madison ($75) wallets, both of which showcase the label's signature streamlined design.
As for the ladies, Shaw recently debuted the Manayunk Small Zipper Bag ($150), a leather wristlet originally designed for his fiancée as a birthday gift. "She had a small wristlet that couldn't even fit her phone and a lip gloss," says Shaw. "[My design] is the same size as her old wristlet, but I added an 1.25-inch gusset, which makes it much more spacious." The labor of love initially took Shaw eight hours to complete, but since then, he's whittled the wristlet's construction time down to three hours— a good thing since Waskerd's new collection will include a larger, envelope-style bag.