Custom Tools and
Techniques Shared

Learn the unique steps to professionally cover snaps and buttons with leather used in luxury leather goods.

Leather Covered Snaps and Buttons - Leather Course with Bennett Liberty - International Leather Club
Explore how to split, glue, and prepare the leather for covering
Learn how to properly trim and secure leather to the snap or button
Have complete, smoothly-covered snaps and buttons ready for high-end leather goods


NYC-based leather designer, consultant to luxury brands, and professor of fine leather working with over 50 years of experience.
Bennett Liberty Master Leather Crafter
Bennett Liberty
Master Leather Craftsman

Format & Duration

Access to 4 individual online leather lessons, each with a video and text notes. Edited to just over 8 minutes, while brief, the custom tools and techniques shared are game-changing.

Target Student

Crafters at all levels, given the professional insights and and rarely-shared knowledge included in the lessons in this online leathercraft course.

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Course Details

Leather Covered Snaps and Buttons - Tools with Snap Setter - Bennett Liberty - International Leather Club
This course was produced by the ILC in collaboration with Bennett's studio colleague Heaven Cluesman.

The Opportunity

Bennett comes from a background that approaches fine leather accessory design more like that of engineering than basic crafting. The tight tolerances, fit, and finish of fine leather goods require additional levels of planning, thought, technique, and execution.

Luxury brands often have master crafters design their goods, define the steps/process to make them, then hand that off to their in-house production team. Thus, master crafters like Bennett often invent/refine the unique methods of construction that are used.

While each master does it a little differently, these methods are often kept private. With shared interest of leather working knowledge and education, and so more crafters can carry and apply these skills, we bring you this online leather course. This is truly an opportunity and priviledge to see and learn from these techniques.

What You'll Gain

A working knowledge on how to professionally cover snaps and buttons with leather. This course, while brief, demsnstrates custom-built tools (that most anyone can make on their own), and unique processes that Bennett has developed over his years of practice. The fit and finish of these snaps and buttons are suitable for high-end, luxury leather goods.

What This Course Is

A step-by-step walkthrough of the production process of covering a leather snap with leather. This process can also be used with buttons.

Meet Your Instructor

Working at His Studio Desk - Bennett Liberty - Luxury Leather Belt Making - International Leather Club

Bennett Liberty is a designer and master craftsman of fine leather accessories. He is based in the USA and has been creating limited edition, bench-made goods and consulting for the industry for 50 years. A quintessential leather working expert and fine craftsman, with global training and luxury leather goods produced at the highest levels, his experience is as follows:

Bennett began his career as a craftsman in the American Craft Movement of the 1960’s. In the 1970’s, he attended feintaschner (“fine-bagger”) handbag trade school in Offenbach, Germany (at the time the world’s center for luxury handbag design).

Next, he apprenticed at Karl Seeger, GMBH, the luxury accessories company located in West Germany where he worked under the tutelage of European master builders. Since the 1980’s, Bennett has been a master model maker / sample maker, pattern maker, and production skills consultant for the fashion accessories and industrial design industries, national and international.

Broadly-speaking, when a luxury brand is looking to design and launch a new leather good, Bennett would help conceptualize, design, and prototype it, and the step-by-step production process (generally, 60-300 steps for luxury leather goods). The luxury brand would then use Bennett’s patterns and process for their in-house production.

Bennett has taught as an adjunct professor at FIT (the Fashion Institute of Technology) and as a national juror for the American Craft Council. His clients have included Coach, Carolina Herrera, Cole Haan, Herman Miller, Judith Lieber, Oscar de la Renta, and Tumi.

Course Curriculum

Lessons and Details

1. Knife Sharpening

A look into the proper angles and process used to sharpen your knife before every project.

2. Tools for Leather Snap / Button Covering

Explore common, and custom tools used for preparing and applying the leather.

3. Leather Splitting

See the splitting process and learn what thicknesses is needed for this application.

4. Covering a Leather Snap

Walking through the steps to cover the snap with leather, including gluing, trimming, and setting.

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Check out the lessons

Here are some looks into the lessons, giving a feel for the tools, techniques, angles, and topics explored in the course. We also get to explore some unique techniques Bennett has personally developed over time.

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Most frequent questions and answers

This course can be beneficial to crafters at all levels, given the rare and unique insights Bennett shares.

Newer crafters can learn best practices to strive for as they develop their skills. Intermediate and advanced crafters can learn production-level skills that help inform, guide, and improve their own practices.

Once you complete the purchase and are logged in, you will see a menu option appear for this course under “My Courses”. There, you can enter the course, view the lessons, and then progress through each one at your own pace.

As a digital item where all assets are delivered instantly, there are generally no returns. We think you’ll find a lot of value in this course and what you can learn from it.

The course is on our responsively-designed platform, so it can be easily viewed and enjoyed on most common digital devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile devices that have an internet connection.

You’ll have instant access to the course 24/7 for 1-year (365 days) after purchase.

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