M.D.Y. Horseshoeing and Harness Shop

MDY's standard driving harness is of the type you'd see at work on a day to day basis. It's made from Biothane.Photographs Courtesy of M.D.Y. Horseshoeing and Harness Shop Old World Work Ethic By Nick Pernokas In the rolling hills of Northern Indiana, just outside of Middlebury, is a harness shop that epitomizes the work ethic of the Amish craftsman. In an area long known for fine woodworking, leatherworking and

Ezra Arthur

Revival of an Era By Liisa Andreassen Planned obsolescence. That’s something that Sebastian Sandersius, founder of Ezra Arthur, a brand and manufacturer of high fashion casual lifestyle accessories for men, has trouble with and so he decided to do something about it. The idea for Ezra Arthur was first conceived while sitting in a jazz bar in Brussels. It was 2010 and Sebastian found himself inspired by the city’s fashion

American Leather Direct is Moving Up

The 31-year-old distributor has a brand-new, ecommerce website and is building a $2.8 million facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky By Lynn Ascrizzi Ashley Wheeler, sales and marketing specialist for American Leather Direct (ALD) currently based in Morgantown, Kentucky, has been super busy this year. Among her regular work, she has been writing copy and designing layouts for the leather distributor’s newly launched website. “A lot goes into new websites,” said

Michael Anthony

Bootmaker By Jennifer June Lots of folks come to California with big dreams, a place full of easy money, sunny weather and lucky breaks. The story we’ve all heard about Michael Anthony goes like this… Michael rides his motorcycle, a Harley, out of Detroit and across the country. He gets Texas bootmaker Mr. Jack Reed to teach him how to make cowboy boots. Michael then opens up a shop outside

Clint Wilkinson

A Top-End Texas Leathercraft Hand By Gene Fowler When Clint Wilkinson was born in Denton, Texas, his grandfather Weldon Burgoon bartered a custom-made saddle to pay the doctor bill. Now, 36 years later, Clint carries on the family tradition of leathercraft arts: producing handmade bags, briefcases, wallets and other finely wrought creations in the same location where Weldon’s Saddle Shop served North Texas cowgirls and cowboys for more than half