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I had the pleasure of strolling the streets of Deadwood and Sturgis, South Dakota a few weeks before the world's largest motorcycle rally. I saw lots of nice leather items, leather belts, hats, wristbands, gun holsters, pelts, mostly US made. Beware of the 'made in china' souvenirs that still find their way into this otherwise All American market. This year is the 75th Anniversary of the Rally and promises to be an off-the-chain riot. If you've never Taken The Ride, add it to your bucket list, you won't regret it.
This photo was taken in Deadwood, SD late at night, July 11th 2015. In a few weeks this area will be packed to the rafters full of people, motorcycles and lots of leather.
If you've read some of the product descriptions on Leatherpunk, you no doubt have seen mention of the fact that the leather I use is All American leather. Perhaps two questions come to your mind: What exactly is all American leather, and why should I care?
It's more than just a matter of pride, to be sure. All American, by my definition, means that the animal (cow) was raised in the US and that the tannery that processed the hide into usable leather, was also based in the US. More and more rawhide is being imported from places like Argentina or Brazil. So, while the tannery may be on US soil, the material they are working with has been purchased in overseas markets.
Why should it matter? Simply put, American cattle live in better conditions, live longer, and tend to be larger than the world average. This means you have a higher percentage of very good quality leather to work with, less deep gouges, and can create longer lasting leather products.
In the end, it's not just a preference, its a matter of necessity.
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As of right now, I'm pleased to announce that I have launched a brand new web design for a better shopping experience. All the photos have been updated to reflect the current high quality of leather being offered. Leatherpunk has been in business since 2002.