Larson Leather Company

More than Exotics By Nick Pernokas When John G. Mahler started as a salesman for a heel company in Chicago in 1948, he couldn’t have guessed at the events that were happening on the other side of the world that would affect his family.  In South Africa an effort was being made by local ostrich producers in the Klein Karoo region to revitalize the floundering ostrich business.  Once the market
Boot/Shoe Saddles/Tack

Jackson’s Western Store

Evolving with the Times By Liisa Andreassen Third-generation owner Charles Jackson says they sell a lot of used saddles, especially Buckaroo-type saddles. When I visited Jackson’s Western Store in Asheville, North Carolina, a few days before this past Christmas, it was a bit like visiting Santa’s workshop. Upstairs was a colorful retail shop and downstairs was the leather shop and its artisans. Whether filling a custom order for a gun

Coyote Couture

By Johnny D. Boggs Designer Gail Orrick, wearing a custom deerskin buffalo nickel Coyote Couture vest, paired with long coyote fur collar, custom hat from Burns Custom Hats, and turquoise earrings from KB Hansel Jewelry. Gail Orrick didn’t know what to expect. Here she was, debuting a new line of furs at the Cody High Style fashion show in Cody, Wyoming, in 2010. She was such a newcomer she had

En Pointe

The Success Story of Cardinal Shoe American manufacturer finds its niche in high-tech ballet shoes Photograph Courtesy of Eduardo Patina By Lynn Ascrizzi In an on-stage solo, principal ballerina,Michaela DePrince, flies like a bright-feathered, gravity-defying bird, her arms stretched wing-like above her head and her expressive face turned upward, as if  searching for a distant star. What is easily missed in that ecstatic moment, which took DePrince years of professional