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Happy 100th Birthday Tandy Leathercraft!

A Tandy-tastic Century By Gene Fowler What’s the first thing folks think of when they hear the word leathercraft?  I’d just about bet the farm that, from Tucumcari to Timbuktu, most folks think of Tandy. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the company with more than 100 retail leathercraft stores across the U.S. and overseas, turns 100 years young in 2019. In addition to celebrating the big birthday with a company-wide
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Mark Staton Co

A One-Stop Alligator Resource By Liisa Andreassen It all began in 1992, when Mark Staton returned to his home state of Louisiana after a three-year stint in Papua New Guinea. While there, he lived with his wife and three children and worked on the world’s largest commercial crocodile farm. Today, he runs a business, Mark Staton Co., based in Lafayette that deals mostly in alligator leather goods. Living in the isolated
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Lifetime Leather

Lifetime Leather tote bags are enhanced with copper and brass rivets, magnetic clasps and antique-colored brass zippers. Larger products include crossbody purses, fanny packs, ladies rucksacks and messenger and duffle bags. Arizona Company was founded on True Grit and Talent By Lynn Ascrizzi  When times are tough, sheer inspiration, like an angel of grace, can come unbidden at the most unexpected moments — even though it might first appear in the guise of a discarded
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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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Alchemy Kustom

A Supernatural Natural By Gene Fowler Natural talent has a knack for finding its way to the gallery or stage, especially when it operates in Shakespeare’s context of “all the world.” Many, if not most, of the leathercraft artists I’ve spoken with began drawing or practicing some other form of the visual arts in their youth. It was kind of like breathing for them; it was something they just did.
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K Bar J Leather

Know Your Customer By Nick Pernokas Jack Gully decided to take a break from the plains of Montana in Miles City. He was hauling a load of horses home to South Dakota. As he ate breakfast in the motel, an older gentleman walked up. Jack didn’t recognize him at first. The man said, “You damn sure knew what you were doing!” Jack looked at the man blankly, until he began
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Duluth Pack

The Great-Great-Grandpa of Backpacks By Gene Fowler Camille Poirier arrived in Duluth, Minnesota, in the winter of 1870 with “my little stock of leather and tools.” The 32-year-old had learned the shoemaking trade in his native Canada. Like “almost every boy in lower Canada,” he wrote in his autobiography, Camille “had visions of the U.S. as a land of wealth.” At the time Poirier arrived, Duluth, a port on Lake
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Wickett & Craig

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,
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The Bold New World of High-Tech Fabrics

IFAI supplies the info-network that helps its member companies navigate a big, complex industry By Lynn Ascrizzi If someone asked you to make a list of every type of fabric you could think of -natural or synthetic, traditional or industrial - how many could you actually name?  I gave myself that challenge recently, and here’s what I came up with: OK — cotton, linen, wool, nylon, rayon, silk, angora, cashmere,