Leather Bags, Made in Chicago

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Kaehler Builds Shop


Trunk and Lock Man Erects Structure at 1421 Sherman



A locksmith knows the importance of materials, design and craftsmanship. Quality materials allow for a long product life cycle, smart design provides product functionality and repairability, and craftsmanship represents the marriage of design and material. A product that doesn't meet these criteria simply isn't worth making, fixing, or selling. On this principle locksmith Walter Gustav Kaehler opened shop in 1920.

Increasingly fixing locks on travel trunks, Kaehler developed a business selling high quality trunks and leather goods. Now, a family business for 95 years, the Kaehler family continues to serve the needs of the discerning traveler.


The Heart of the Business are Our Products,
Kaehler 1920


These products are made in Chicago using leather tanned in Chicago.

Kaehler is fortunate to call the Horween Leather Company neighbors and friends.


All Products are Made With the Finest Fully Aniline Horween Leathers


We are proud to call Chicago home and base our production here. Like our city, these products were built and designed for the generations ahead but are appreciated by those who carry them now.

Kaehler 1929 Article -Kaehler Builds a Shop Article from The Evanston Review in 1929.