California Dreaming By Nick Pernokas It has been said that Los Angeles is the land of broken dreams. Fortunately that generalization doesn’t describe all of the dreams or the dreamers who live there. A case in point is a family business on the southeast side of Los Angeles. International Sheepskin and Leather is not just the culmination of any dream, but of the American one. In 1965, Pepe Cerda Sr.
By Nick Pernokas Over by a wall at the Boot and Saddle Makers Roundup, in Wichita Falls, Texas, there is a crowd gathered. Hats and shopping bags obscure what they’re looking at. It looks like the free sample cart at the local supermarket as the crowd hovers. If you push your way closer though, you can see craftsmen bent over, stamping pieces of leather. They carefully scrutinize their work, before
Standing the Test of Time By Liisa Andreassen Originally started in 1867 and based in Toronto, Canada, today Wickett & Craig calls Curwensville, Pennsylvania, home – making it one of only two remaining vegetable tanneries in the U.S. Located on more than 16 acres of land, the state-of-the-art facility produces 4,500,000 square feet of both light and heavy-weight leathers annually. The former are used to craft luxury goods like shoes,
Marketing for the New Millennium By Nick Pernokas Martin M. Jordan worked for the famous hardware company North and Judd, of Waterbury, Connecticut, in the 1930’s. He was a salesman and he sold the entire line including a lot of military hardware. In 1947, Martin decided to go out on his own, and he started the Martin M Jordan Saddlery Hardware Company in New York City. He found some space
Horween Leather Co. is all about high-end products, good customers and personalized service By Lynn Ascrizzi The next time you’re glued to a TV screen during an NFL Super Bowl game, check out the football getting tossed and kicked around the field. There’s a 100 percent chance it’s made of leather processed and finished at Horween Leather Company, a tannery based in Chicago, Illinois. Tannery owner and president, Arnold “Skip”
A Leader in the Coated Webbing Industry By Liisa Andreassen If you’ve ever had a baby, a dog or a horse; been in the military; worn a belt or used a wallet; carried a sporty handbag; had a boat or tent (and the list goes on) – you’ve likely come in contact with BioThane®. BioThane® is the brand name of all coated webbing products made by BioThane® Coated Webbing Corp. It’s
Campbell-Randall Hones its Competitive Edge in a Global Market By Lynn Ascrizzi Campbell-Randall Machinery, a business with roots going back to 1858 and the era when machines were built with American iron, is the manufacturer and distributor of a broad and distinctive selection of leather machinery, tools, supplies and parts. Today, the company is based in an industrial section of Conroe, Texas, a fairly large city located about 40 miles