As the creator of leather goods brand DOWER, this Little Rock artisan is setting the bar for handmade bags, wallets, and more
Tell us how you got your start in leather working. Have you always had an interest in this craft? Though I have a fashion design degree, it is something I have only been interested in recently. I had no idea leather crafting on this level even existed. Several years ago I began working with the late Joe Brogdon making belts from repurposed leather and saddle tack. He began developing his own designs and needed some sewing done. To keep with his rustic handmade feel, I began teaching myself how to hand sew with two needles and thread. It creates what is called the saddle stitch. It’s the same stitch I use on everything. He is definitely the one who originally got me interested in this craft….