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MAINE THREAD: 55 YEARS OF WINDING ’ROUND THE WORLD

U.S. company’s high-tenacity, waxed polyester thread for hand sewing is standing the test of time.  By Lynn Ascrizzi  The historic Pepperell Mill, situated along the Androscoggin River in Lewiston, Maine, is a monumental testimony to America’s bustling 19th century manufacturing era. Built in 1876, the brick behemoth first functioned as a bleachery and dye works for the city’s booming textile mills.   But […]

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Albright Halters Never Out of Style

      By Nick Pernokas  It’s been said that class and quality never go out of style. Nowhere in the equine industry is this demonstrated more than with the halter. In a world where saddle styles have change dramatically in the last century and a half, the halter has only changed a little. Every horse wears one, and although the materials have evolved in a lot of cases, […]

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RESTARTING A SHOE COMPANY

MaineSole is redefining its products and marketing goals after COVID setback  By LYNN ASCRIZZI  For almost four years, a small shoe factory called MaineSole has been making handsewn, all-leather shoes in an old woolen mill, a massive brick structure built in 1835, situated along the East Branch of the Sebasticook River that winds its way through Dexter, Maine.     MaineSole was launched in the spring of 2017 by its owner-operator, Kevin Cain. “When the shoe factory opportunity came along in Dexter, I was planning to be one of the investors and its marketing-sales person,” […]

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Listening to Leather

Bee Natural Leathercare®  by Gene Fowler  Listen up now.  “Wisdom,” one Mark Twain once reportedly proclaimed, “is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have been talking.” “When you talk,” counsels the Dalai Lama, “you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” […]

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Al Gould – Innovative Master Saddlemaker and Leather Craftsman

By Susan Ditz  Al Gould is an inveterate doodler.   His multifaceted, complex drawings are sketched repeatedly as he works through a design to refine the patterns and elements that make each one so distinctive. Whether for a saddle, briefcase, purse, chinks, photo album or guitar strap, design innovations and meticulous attention to detail are why he […]

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COPING WITH COVID

Ten leather companies share how the pandemic affected their lives and businesses  By Lynn Ascrizzi  This past fall, we wondered how leather retailers and manufacturers have been weathering the infamous 2020 coronavirus.   To find out, we talked to a diverse sampling of the owners and operators of 10 leather companies, large and small, who in the recent past have kindly shared know-how, family histories, beautiful product shots and glimpses of themselves and their workspaces.    It would have been wonderful to have talked with everyone. But alas, time and space did not allow.   HARRIS LEATHER […]

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George Cubic: Tinkering with Leather as Art

By Nick Pernokas  Sometimes, no matter how hard we plan and pursue our chosen course, fate steps in to change our path. In the case of George Cubic, this persistent course correction created a talented craftsman.  George was born in Eastern Europe in 1956. His father, Viktor, immigrated with his family to the United States a couple of years later. Viktor loved to tinker with things and get them working. He instilled that talent […]