Team Spirit is at the Core of a Year-Old, Growing Family Business 

Missouri company supplies leather and other custom cut parts, like sweatbands. And they offer leatherwork classes.  

By Lynn Ascrizzi  

Sometimes, what is small, nearly invisible and seemingly insignificant, is what holds things all together.  

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Trading in Hides and Leather  

Andy Barta gained expertise in the business from the toughest of teachers  

By Lynn Ascrizzi 

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

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New York, New York

Highly diversified, big city leather company ‘sources the world’ for finest tanned leathers, suede and nubuck  

By Lynn Ascrizzi 

Global Leathers, a wholesale/retail distributor based at West 35th Street, New York, New York, carries a richly diverse array Read more

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Joe Schussler of the Chap Shop: Living an Abundant Life

by Liisa Andreassen 

When Joe Schussler was a kid, his father would take him to a little café for breakfast in their small Idaho hometown. It was there that he first got inspired to create art. While the inspiration was Read more

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Corner of Amarillo and Western

Panhandle Leather

by Gene Fowler

When calling a contemporary business on the telephone, do you ever long for the olden days when you could actually speak to a real human being? Of course you do. That may be overstating Read more

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Reflections of Friendship

Robb Barr’s contributions to the leather industry live on in his work  

By George Hurst  

In over five decades of working within the leather industry, I have had the privilege of knowing and working alongside many of those Read more

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Twenty-three Plus Is a Twenty-five! 23+

Joe Meling’s Pendleton Leather Arts and Education Outpost

By Gene Fowler

Location, location, location. Ordinarily, that overwrought marketing mantra doesn’t apply to most custom leatherwork outfits. Find a spot with internet and mail-order access, and you’re in business. But Read more

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Texas Leather Trim: Diversity is Key to Survival

By: Liisa Anderassen

Greg Cooper, president of Texas Leather Trim, a family-owned and operated business, describes his business as a “manufacturer for manufacturers.” He shares that it’s gone through many evolutions during the past 50+ years, but says that Read more

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Seeing Things Through

Goliger Leather Company is enjoying a surge in 2021 sales 

By Lynn Ascrizzi 

Cheryl Rifkin, owner and operator of Goliger Leather Company, Inc. of Ventura, California, has been working with the successful business for over 30 years. “I run the company — everything. I do the books, process the orders, do the invoicing, answer the phone, do collections, check the Read more

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Big Bob’s Ball Gloves


The Only Baseball Glove Maker in America

By: Gene Fowler

“Leather is one of the most interesting materials known to man.” -Rob Storey

Cody. Cheyenne. Tombstone. Silver City. Durango. The landscape of the American West is strewn Read more

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