Trade: Leather Artisan
Locale: Wayne, PA
"Our creations are made from materials that already have a history, yet are re-purposed into a new design so the 'soul' of the piece can continue to travel along on a new journey."
It’s history that excites Mike and his team. The story told by an object’s unique wear, marks and distressing is what really speaks to the crew. After sourcing materials (sometimes by way of treasure hunts), they closely study the materials, finalizing the vision of the finished piece before making the first cut. Then the jacket, bag, boots or hide are deconstructed and reconstructed with traditional techniques: punching holes, stitching by hand and outfitting them with originally-cast hardware. People often note that, “They don’t make ‘em like this anymore,” but by working with vintage materials and time-honored production processes, Mike might argue that he does, anyway.< less
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