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Maverick Leather

Old School Meets New School By Nick Pernokas  Matt Foster wasn’t always in the leather business. He started out as a loan officer in a bank, but he was looking for a more satisfying path. Matt’s brother had been working for some leather companies in California and Matt was intrigued by the leather business. The pair joined forces and formed a leather sales company called Stevenson Paxton in 1985. They opened stores in Arlington, Texas, and Sheridan, Wyoming.  “The leather
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A Conversation with Shep Hermann

Hermann Oak Leather's chief executive shares knowledge and wisdom gained from his long years of running the tannery By Lynn Ascrizzi It takes a certain kind of resilience, know-how and stick-to-itiveness to run a successful business long-term, especially a four-generation, family-run tannery like Hermann Oak Leather, located in St. Louis, Missouri. All this became evident during a conversation with company president and CEO, Shep Hermann. He shared some hard-earned knowledge
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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
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The Hide House

Napa's Finest By Danna Burns-Shaw When you think of Napa, California, of course you think of wine. The combination of diverse soil, climate and topography is the perfect recipe for producing light, fresh Sauvignon Blanc…rich, full-bodied Chardonnay… silky, seductive Pinot Noir…bold, spicy Zinfandel…ripe, velvety Merlot…and of course, their world-famous Cabernet Sauvignon! (Yes, I love Napa Valley wines – all varietals.) There are nearly 500 vineyards in Napa County and neighboring
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Weaver Leather

Ohio company celebrates 45 years of growth, innovation and service By Lynn Ascrizzi The small Ohio community called Mount Hope seems to be a fitting metaphor for the leather goods manufacturer, distributor and retailer that is Weaver Leather, LLC, because over the years, the enterprise has extended as much optimism and promise to its employees, as its workforce has brought to the well-established business. The company, based in a 300,000-square-foot
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Springfield Leather

Keeping up with success is their biggest challenge By Lynn Ascrizzi In Springfield, Missouri, amid a sprawling network of streets, concrete office buildings and asphalt parking lots, is a long strip mall that might seem, at first glance, to be just a nondescript part of the urbanscape.   This site, however, happens to be the bustling, creative hub that is Springfield Leather Co. (SLC). Their eye-catching sign stretches above a long string of mall storefronts that make up its roughly 30,000-square-foot commercial space; a business quite distinct from the usual mix of boutiques, coffee shops and hair salons that you’d expect to find there.   And, displayed below that sign is the name of the company’s jewelry-and-rock- specimen supply division — Touchstone Beads.   For the past 19 years, this landmark company has evolved into a highly successful, go-to place for a
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Leather Artist Turns Tinkering Into Career

By Liisa Andreassen [gallery ids="1086,1085" type="rectangular"] He says he kind of stumbled into it, but now it’s become a full-time career. Sam Stuart, owner of Bar X Custom Leather in Lubbock, Texas, was recovering from a knee injury on his granddad’s couch, when he first started fooling around with some leather-making tools. “My granddad was a simple cowboy. He built tack and always had tools and stuff laying around. I