Objects can tell a story. They can connect you to the past, they can help you to aspire to the future.
When I was small my Dad was always making someone a new leather accessory, a belt, wallet or even a briefcase. His job took him away from home for large chunks and he passed the time off duty by saddle stitching leather. I inherited this need to always have busy hands.
After attending Pratt Institute for Industrial Design I found myself working in a leather shop busting out guitar and camera straps for Heavy Leather NYC. I was hooked! I couldn't get enough of this craft and asked my Dad to mail me some of his old leather tools to use on my own. It turns out this were actually my Grandfathers tools.
I began experimenting with these old hand tools, finding new uses and applications. Like my father I started making leather gifts for friends and family and filled my own lifestyle needs with wallets, bags, dog collars etc.
Many of my friends and colleagues from Pratt were starting their own business, making products, having pop-ups, and so I jumped in as well.
My grandfather probably wouldn't recognize a few of the products (cord keepers come to mind) but the markings from the past are still there, just in a new configuration.