by Gene Fowler
“As long as I get to mess with leather,” jokes artisan Duane Ballard, “I don’t really care what I’m making.” To prove it, he sports tattoos of a swivel knife and a traditional oak Read more
By Nick Pernokas
Forty-five-year-old Carlos Macias was raised in the small town of Elk Grove, California. This urban setting in a non-horsy family wasn’t the background that most people would think of for a cowboy. Carlos received a nudge Read more
By Bill Crawford
Victorymade Goods is like the song “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” by Richard Thompson – bold, ballsy and forever cool. Like Thompson, Danial Orchard, the founder of Victorymade, is a dedicated craftsman with a passion for bikes. Read more
It’s in the Bag! Alles dreht sich um Taschen!
By Gene Fowler
German leather artisan Aline Seiler has always been into bags. “As a teenager,” she says, “I always wanted to know about the latest bag of the season Read more
Rachel Dake inherited a love of horses from her mother. When she was nine, Rachel got her first horse. She spent the next few years competing in various equine events in 4-H, but never suspected this Read more
by Liisa Andreassen
When Julie Simon started watching Project Runway, an American reality TV show that focuses on fashion design, she had no idea that one day it would inspire her to trade in her computer for Read more
Sharlot Battin has made a full career out of building shoes, boots and sandals for Broadway actors — and beyond.
By Lynn Ascrizzi
Who’d think that someone born and raised in the old railroad town that is Whitefish, Read more
Andy Barta gained expertise in the business from the toughest of teachers
After working for 55-plus years in the hide and leather business, Andy Barta knows a thing or two about weathering the ups and Read more
By Nick Pernokas
Tim Bishop was raised in the small, eastern New Mexico town of Logan. Tim’s high school had only 13 in his graduating class. In this rural ranching community, there were only a few choices in lifestyle Read more
The June heat came off the tarmac in shimmery waves outside the cattle pens at the Oklahoma City stockyards. It was just another sale day, and the cowboy enjoyed moving the cattle up the alleys on Read more
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