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Name: Joe Luebke: comment via FB: I bought these awesome leather bookmarks from my very talented friend Tracey Keating. Her company is Awl Made Here. She’s also repaired leather bags for me and her work is meticulous and beautiful. Her website is awlmadehere.com Go there and treat yourself to something beautiful and handcrafted❤️
Name: Debbie Gustin: comment via Facebook: "I bought several backpack bags from Tracey and still use them 10 years later. I'm all the time getting asked about them and where I had them made. She does wonderful work."
Name: Dan: comment via email: "Tracy, I just received my new belt you made and it fits perfectly just as you said it would. I really like it and wore it from the first time I tried it on. The foot prints on the end of the belt make it special and I plan to make it my personal beach belt. Thanks again for your help in making my Father's Day gift a special one."
Name: Pat Mazza: Comment via Facebook: This is the most gorgeous backpack I’ve ever seen . Just received in the mail from Tracey Keatingwww.awlmadehere.com.I’m officially stylish. thank you!!!!!!! I ordered it. Picked color. And it’s even better than I expected:)
Name: "Cathy J Weems. Comment via Facebook: "I got mine in a the mail quickly! (bracelets/anklets) Tracey is not only a very cool artist, she's an amazing business woman. I'm so glad Awl Made Here is selling on FB! Such an easy way to buy art!"
Name: Debbie Gustin. Comment via Facebook: "Still have and use my backpack from 2008. People ask me about it all the time, so I give them your info. Sure miss living on St. John and our boat."
Name:William Moore, MI. Comment via Facebook: "I learned of Tracey and her work through our son (Dru), while visiting St. John over Christmas. On learning that hand-crafted custom leashes were among her offerings, I asked for a special order for our also special Yellow Lab “Rowland”… It was to be a double-thickness, 5 foot long, 1 inch wide, two-tone leash, with solid brass fittings and “Rowland” imprinted on it. Not long after we returned to the frozen Midwest, Rowlie’s Christmas present arrived! It’s such a beautiful piece of fine leatherwork that I almost hate to actually use it! The stitching, cutting, leather used, brass fittings, and all details are the very highest quality. Our sincerest thanks to Tracey for her beautiful work.
Name: Kylie, VA. Comment via Facebook: "Thank you Tracey Keating, for my little piece of St John to keep in my car! Beautiful work. Added some rasta colours to hang it with ?"
Name: Michelle Anderson Loveless, MD. Comment via Facebook: "I love your work and I'm sorry to say but the pictures don't really show the detail of your work. The first time I saw your bags, they looked like a very expensive designer bag ? without the $1,000 price tag! You have become my #1 Handbag Designer ;)
Name: Carla, MI. Comment via email: "Hi Tracey! Well, you have done it again! I am in awe of my new black bag. It is a work of art and so beautiful, so solid and just perfect in size. I am glad I went with black and I love the brown trim. All the hardware is gorgeous and it feels sooooo good to carry! It is such a joy to look it all over and see nothing but perfection. Every stitch is just right. I will carry it for decades and be so proud of it. You are an artist with very high standards, and I so respect that. It is rare, I think. Once again, you have brought a lot of joy to my life with your work. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Until next time, Carla"
Name: Cari, Il. Comment via email: "So here’s a funny story for you. My sister in law Jane and her husband always travel to St. John with my husband and I. They went without us one year for their anniversary and rented a cottage near you. She never met you but talked to you on the phone. I mentioned to her yesterday that I had ordered a bracelet from you as a gift for a friend because I had met you when we were setting up a boat charter. She bought the same bracelet from you for herself on Etsy. Turns out we both loved you and your work without even knowing it. Small world. We agreed we both have excellent taste. And she loves her bracelet BTW. Thanks again Tracey!"
Name:Tricia Mattevi, St Thomas VI. Comment via facebook: "Tracey is incredibly artistic and quite impressive at her craft! I've had pieces of her work that have now lasted 16 years and going!"
Name: Susie Tunks, Frisco, CO. Comment: "HOLY CRAP, TRACEY!!! Are you KIDDING ME!??? I LLLLOOOOOVVVEEEE IT!!! Your craftsmanship is superb – neat lines, evenly spaced, care to detail… Perfect placement of the key, perfect slope and curve to the outside flap! EVERYTHING is perfect! How did you do that??? It is a perfect representation but with little details that I think make it MUCH BETTER! For example, the “X” stitching along the outside of the bag and the straight hand-stitching along the back flap is gorgeous and a MUCH more creative and individualized style that fits me much better; you eliminated the rivet on the back middle of the bag, which I am SO happy about because that was one thing I didn’t like about the original; the way you knotted instead of riveted the ties on the back and inside of the bag – MUCH better design and so much more natural, which again is my style; the way you folded over the cell phone pocket, which gives it much better strength since it will be put through a lot of wear; and the way you put your business name on a strip of leather on the inside of the bag!!! OMG I love it! I would not change one.single.little detail!!! Thank you SO MUCH, Tracey!!!! You ROCK!!!! I am sooooo proud of my bag!!!" ** see pics of Susie's purse on the Customer Pics page.
Name: Carol Benda, Leland, NC. Comment via facebook: "I love, love, love the things I ordered and was sent very quickly. I am so happy and plan to continue to order more so keep showing me your great creations....."
Name: Carla Groenenboom, Grand Rapids, MI. Comment: "It is hard to find words to describe the fun experience of working with Tracey and Awlmadehere. I found her by purchasing her cool, 0-ring leather bracelet in a shop on STJ. She is easy to find online, prompt and warm in her replies to inquiries, and insistent that you end up with what you REALLY want or need. You end up feeling like you have a friend on STJ! I also now own a high quality piece by Tracey: a brown, pebbled leather hand-bag that I helped design (by combining several aspects of her existing bags)! As a handbag collector, I have high standards, and this bag surpasses the best of the best. Good leather pieces feel so good to use and touch, and this piece is a joy in those ways. The hardware is so beautiful, and I can tell each stitch is made with the MOST care! And, carrying it, I feel closer to the piece of paradise that is STJ. We STJ lovers appreciate reminders of that place when we can't be there in person. I was in complete confidence that my order would be high quality, and Tracey asks that we come back to her if any (free) repairs are needed in the future, although I don't see that being needed. She has something for everyone in every price range and encourages custom work. I can not overstate the special and rare experience this has been and I treasure my bag from Tracey and STJ. Tracey, you are awlright!!!"
Name: Cindy, MA. Comment via TripAdvisor: "Stunning leather work! I've been buying wonderful leather goods from Tracey for over 10 years. I love her work! I've purchased journals, wallets, belts, and more. As they age, they just keep getting better and better."
Name: James Francis McManus, St John, VI. Comment via TripAdvisor: "Beautiful work that lasts forever. I first had Tracy make me a leather bag 13 years ago. I still use it everyday. My wife just this past Christmas gave me a wonderful custom receipt book holder. Impeccable craftsmanship and great customer service.
Name: Paola Giordano, NY. Comment via Facebook: "I met Tracey, owner of Awl Made Here, on St John, USVI, several years ago. At the time she operated out of a small shop in Coral Bay. Her store was simple and lovely, and that is where I learned that she offers custom orders in addition to her regular pieces. I commissioned her to make me an amazing saddle type bag- which I use regularly to this day. It is exactly what I ordered, and was so happy to have it arrive after I returned home from paradise. It is well made, sturdy, and the leather is thick, soft, and indestructible. It is constructed well, and I receive loads of compliments. If you are on St John, I highly recommend you take the time to find Tracey and purchase one of her creations!
Name: Eleanor Bole, UK. Comment via Facebook: "Loads of people in UK admire my back packs and the small bags of different colours which you made for me many many years a go. Love your drinks mats too"
Name: Lyn Elsmore, VA. Comment: "Hi Tracey, Just received my order.....I was surprised because I didn't place the final order until 5/29....thank you for having it done so quickly!! This is not my first time buying your products....and as always.....the items showed amazing craftsmanship! I purchased personalized card holders/wallets for my daughters and a reversible belt for myself.....all of the items.....just beautiful!! Thank you!!! Lyn"
Name: Don Amendolia. Comment via Etsy: "Beautiful leather carefully made. Simple and special."
Name: Brad Henry, MA. Comment: "So many of my connections do variations of what I do (trial lawyers, judges, mediators, general counsel, expert witnesses, etc.), that I find it refreshing to be able to provide favorable comment for someone so deserving who is so completely outside of that world. Not a day goes by that I do not have my hands on work that you have done and, as a result, I have the peaceful benefit of reflecting frequently on St. John, its lifestyle and all its artists. I hope you know how much I appreciate THAT!" Be well. Brad Henry - Boston
Name: Ryan Weaver, WA. Comment via Etsy: "Beautiful craftsmanship and stellar customer service."
Name: Kathy Chica Kennedy, WV. Comment via Facebook: "I love my apron! I've started wearing it in the shop on days I remerchandise the floor. I can fit all my gear (hammer, nails, scissors, pen etc.) and have it at my fingertips while I work. The denim pockets on the sides help me keep organized and the front pocket is for phone and paper. I use the belt loops for quick access to tools depending on the project. I think the tie on the side is genius! The apron lays nicer on the hips, as opposed to the tie in the back. The weight distribution for me, considering I am loading it up with tools & such, is very comfortable on my hips. Tracey, I'm coming back for more, for sure! Thanks for a great product and I wish you all the best luck there is! Kathy Oh, I am wearing it today which is why I am so inspired, and I think it's hysterical that Bain (my husband) didn't know I was wearing the apron!"
Name: David Ford. Comment: "My men’s bracelet is stunning and beautifully made. It arrived quickly and was well packaged. I plan to order more items, and I plan to tell all of my friends to do the same."
Name: Susan Bartley, DE. Comment via Etsy: "This mini tool bag is perfect. Fast shipping. Great communication. Thinking about ordering another one!!!"
Name: Erica Dash, ME. Comment via Facebook: “Hi Tracey Keating, very nice to see you again. Just wanted to say…. That amazing bag you made and sent to me makes EVERYBODY so envious. I love it. I use it for my weekend bag. So. so, so many compliments. I’d love to eventually order more. I would like a couple of different sizes and my step daughters are crazy for one.. Let me work on my budget and get back to you in a couple of weeks/months. My fiance even wants one… I will not let anybody borrow mine. Amazing quality; perfectly made."
Name: Wally, USVI. Comment: "you have the greatest, most creative products. It’s great seeing your passion for art."
Name: Ox, MD. Comment: "hi tracey. just cruzing your site with my grandson, joshua. he is 14 now. love the ox bag. i use it all the time."
Name: Marcy, SC. Comment: "Tracey — I love all of it. Your bags are beautiful."
Name: Jean, USVI. Comment: "Your work is great and I so enjoy seeing all the different ideas you come up with. Keep up the good stuff."