Every business has a story, a series of events that influenced its birth. Brookland Leather Co. is no different. Up until I was 10 years old, my family lived in the coal fields of Southwest Virginia on a hillside where neighbors and other kids were few and far between. My mom was a seamstress, quilter, knitter, painter, builder, just an all around crafter. With no kids to play with, I watched her intently and learned how to embroider, knit and crochet. Fast forward several years past college, marriage, and the start of my own family, I developed a keen interest in classic cars and even more so in custom car upholstery. My new found upholstery hobby became mostly leather upholstery which led to a beginner’s leather craft kit. With the help of my daughter and son’s names, Brooklyn and Landon, Brookland Leather Co. was born.
Working with my hands quickly became my passion and way of obtaining personal fulfillment. It’s exciting for me to get my hands on a new hide of leather. Each hide is unique and the options to create are endless. I can make 5 wallets with the same physical characteristics out of 5 different hides of leather, making them same yet different.
Those early days of watching my crafty mom at home gave me the creativity needed to implement my own ideas as well as those of others that are looking for unique products. There is something special about handmade leather goods that many folks love, especially when their own ideas can be incorporated into the finished product.