Leathered Nest

Hells Angels dig the jackets. Country musicians prefer it with fringe. And Britney, well …

Suffice it to say — rarely has a material been as misapplied as leather.

But that doesn’t mean you have to abandon it altogether. Hit Lava9, the spot for handmade leather gear in Hayes Valley. The shop may not look like the gem that it is from the outside, but step inside, start scouring the racks, and you’ll see for yourself. Recent sightings include a killer gold leather jacket, a Tods look-alike handbag, and the perfect brown leather belt with grommets.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Lava9 will custom-make it for you. Love the body of one jacket and the collar of another? Consider it yours (at a very reasonable price, to boot). So don’t settle for that ’80s bomber jacket look. Because when it comes to leather, there are only three ways to go.

The good, the bad, and the horribly, horribly wrong.

Lava9, 542 Hayes Street, between Laguna and Octavia Streets (415-552-6468).