About Loyalty Leather
Homegrown & Family Owned
Loyalty Leather is a Philadelphia based leather bag and shoe design studio specializing in hand-painted leather goods. Founded and owned by the lgbtq+ couple Cheryl and Kyra Ellzysmith. This creative duo specializes in creating high quality luxury leather goods that also double as works of art. Committed to making sustainable choices for our future, Cheryl and Kyra have designed a manufacturing process that minimizes the overproduction of goods and utilizes leather left over from the meat industry. This unique process allows each and every Loyalty Leather client to customize and own a one-of-a-kind piece while minimizing their impact on the environment.
Meet our Creative Director
Cheryl, our Creative Director, is a national award wining fine artist with classical training from The Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts and The University of Pennsylvania. Specializing in oil paint, she is a color expert, and is the mastermind responsible for creating the diverse color pallet we use here in our leather painting studio. The bold sculptural bag silhouettes that Loyalty Leather is known for, are meticulously designed by Cheryl to be the perfect ‘canvas’ for applying artwork. Cheryl is passionate about supporting artists and making art a part of everyday life.
Meet our Managing Partner
Kyra, our Managing Partner, graduated from Jefferson University with a BSA specializing in Industrial Design. Awarded in her senior year for her innovative bag design, Kyra is our product design and retail business innovation expert. She is a member of the Philadelphia Whiskey Society and a certified whiskey steward. Kyra is also our master of shoe shine and leather care, and is passionate about making products that are beautiful and long lasting; especially heirloom quality goods that won’t be thrown away at the end of the season.
"The first time I painted a bag Kyra was so mad at me! She thought I ruined it, and I cried! Then we put it on instagram and it blew up! Becoming our most popular design."