Stag's Leap Leatherworks is a Woman-Owned Small Business.
I got my start in 2009 when I went to an art show and met an artist who was selling her hand bound leather journals. They were amazing (still are.. Mind's Eye Journals!) and the leather was gorgeous. We became friends (still are..) and she gave me a nice big piece of one of her leather hides. I made a purse, then ordered my own leather from her source and made more. As they progressed I started doing art shows and, well the rest is history. But I still use all the memories (read "Meet Kim") of my trips out West, and all the Rocky Mountain folk songs in my head to create these wonderful functional works of art, trimmed with elk or deer antler pieces, bits of coyote fur, replica coins, natural stones or hand cut fringe.
I've been hand making these unique, one of a kind, rustic, edgy, unisex cross body shoulder bags since 2009 and exhibiting them at fine art shows and festivals. Please check my "Events Calendar" frequently!
I am a Sole-Proprietor, Woman Owned Small Business. W.O.S.B!
I buy hides that are oil tanned, without the use of lots of harsh chemicals from the Amish folks in Mt. Hope, Ohio. As a result of the oil tanning, they smell wonderful (Like a lovely horse tack room full of saddles and bridles). It also makes them water repellent. AND they are Made in the USA! I cut the bags out of the hides with an eye for using all the range marks, barbed wire fence gouges, kick marks, ranch brands, tannery numbers, etc.
Some of the items I trim the bags with, such as the pieces of coyote pelt, cow hair-on-hide, deer antler buttons and points, elk antlers and burrs, I buy from folks in Colorado or Utah. The stones and coins come from California and the Native American-style fringe on some of the bags, I hand cut myself.
I have found that my customers are as varied as my leather bag designs. I have sold to all sorts of people with varied interests. Men who do "Mountain Man Rendezvous" or Period Reenactments... women of all ages from teenagers to grandmas, hikers, bikers, wanderers, adventurers and hipsters!
Some of them even buy the bags to decorate their mountain homes. They'll hang them from a coat rack, aspen log bedpost or fireplace mantle as functional works of art!
One thing I know is that every one of them want to show their uniqueness and individuality. They are people who stare life right in the face, charge it hard and love every minute of it.
My crossbody shoulder bags, men's, lady's, boy's, girl's, unisex bags, purses, handbags, clutches and pouches are rustic, edgy, hipster, cowgirl, cowboy, Native American inspired (see the fringed bags), boho, hippy, laptop, phone and tablet carrying... anything you can think to use them for!
All of my pieces are hand made by me. American Made! All the hides I use are oil tanned, top grain cowhide that I purchase from the Amish folks in Mt. Hope, Ohio. USA hides tanned by wonderfully simple and down to earth American people, from the Heartland of the USA!