The Thoreau Attache

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The Thoreau is an exquisitely built attache for holding some of your paper or electronic essentials.  The Thoreau is crafted from premium chromexcel leather from the Horween Leather Company in Chicago.  Known for is "pull up" effect, where the color of the leather temporarily lightens as you fold or crease the leather, chromexcel leather has been tanned since 1906 by The Horween Leather Company and is crafted today into some of the finest leather goods available.  

This fine leather is complemented with a dark brown polyester thread from the Maine Thread Company and has a brass stud to securely close the attache.  The Thoreau is perfect for stashing your small notebook or moleskin, some writing instruments, and is the perfect size for an iPad mini.  

Built by hand, one at a time, the Thoreau will be a fine companion to some of your necessary carry goods.

Dimensions: 9" x 6 1/2" x 3/4" - Closed


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The Thoreau Attache

Built in Washington, MO

Know Thy Goods

Built from premium, full grain Chromexcel leather tanned by Horween

Sewn with durable polyester thread from Maine Thread Company

Hand built one at a time

Built in Washington, Missouri

Secured with a solid brass button rivet

Dimensions: 9" x 6 1/2" x 3/4" - Closed

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau was an American author and poet who was best known for his book Walden, which detailed his experiment on simple living in a self built cabin on some land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  The experiment lasted just over 2 years, and forced Thoreau to “front only the essential facts of life”.  His wish was to “live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life”.  His reflections took book form, but the book was not an immediate success.  It only became so after Thoreau’s death at the young age of 44.  

Though his life was cut short by disease, Thoreau lived a full life and his writings influenced great thinkers years after his death.  His writings on civil disobedience in particular, influenced the thinking of Mohandas Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr., and others. Those writings were inspired by an encounter Thoreau had with a local tax collection, during the two years of his Walden experiment, where he was asked to pay 6 years of delinquent poll taxes.  He refused to pay, spent a night in jail as a result, and the result was altered thinking that led to seminal works still referenced today.

Roughhewn's Story

Cooper Thurston had a knack for crafting things growing up.  The founder of Roughhewn Leather puts it this way, "I've always enjoyed working with my hands. Designing and crafting things that work and are functional. No frills but still have a simple beauty about them."

Adhering to time tested methods, Cooper maintains an old school approach to crafting his products, including our Thoreau Attache. Cooper further explains his introduction to crafting leather goods:

     I started working with leather when I was 13. My grandfather had a collection of vintage leather tools from Tandy that I used at first (slowly growing my collection ever since). He also had some vintage Tandy Leather magazines that I would flip through for inspiration.  I made a few small items for family and friends over the years but it wasn't until my senior year in college that I decided to create  Roughewn. I've always wanted to own my own business but wanted it to be something that I could stand behind. Something I was passionate about and something I believed in. Roughewn is just that: an expression of my desire to craft leather products with a functional beauty, that serve a useful purpose, and can be handed down to the next generation.

Cooper's desire is expressed in all of the goods he makes.  One of the things that makes Roughhewn's products unique is the saddle stitching method he uses.  Sewing everything by hand is an arduous task, but one that produces a product that stands better against wear, tear, and the elements.  Cooper explains, "With hand stitching you could cut a stitch and the product will still hold up. In contrast, with machine stitching when a thread is cut the entire length of stitch comes unraveled. Hand stitching is a much more involved process but as far as durability it's unbeatable."  In other words, hand stitching provides a redundancy that machine stitching is not made to provide.

The thread Roughhewn uses is another indication of a commitment to quality.  They use an extremely durable polyester thread from the Maine Thread Company.  Their thread is made in Maine, the leather is tanned in Chicago, and the products are crafted in Washington, Missouri.  You don't get any more American than that. 


Leather Built is a collection of the highest quality leather goods, all 100% made in the USA. We have searched the country for the very best shops and craftsmen and bring you samples of their finest work here. All our products are backed by a 50 year guarantee.

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