Boot/Shoe

Oak Street Bootmakers: Rebuilding the Footwear Landscape

By Gene Fowler There are many steps in building a handmade shoe. Longtime Chicago-area shoe repairman John Vlagos chuckles recalling his reaction upon first learning that his son, George, was starting the handmade footwear business, Oak Street Bootmakers. “I freaked out, you know,” says the father, with obvious pride in his son’s success. Founded in 2010, Oak Street ships its trench boots, penny loafers, camp mocs and other styles—made in
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Occidental Leather is Moving Up

Tool bag maker gets big growth spurt with new ownership and new facility in Santa Rosa  By Lynn Ascrizzi  This classic tool belt has been around for 38 years and is the original design of founder Darryl Thurner. Almost 40 years ago, building contractor Darryl Thurner of Occidental, California, got a little tired of dropping tools on the job. The problem? No quality tool bags were available that fit the