As with most leather items, keeping it out of the water is advised.
I design, create and hand make all my leather items in a very small shop. I do not outsource my work. I use high quality leather and supplies. Made in the state of Washington.
Things to consider when looking at handmade leather items. Designing it, drawing it. Tracing it onto the leather, carving it, beveling, stamping, painting, dying it, top coating it. Burnishing the edges. These are all parts of my process of creating quality leather goods.