My name is Dennis ‘Paul’ Dotson. I have been working with leather for over 10 years. When I started it was more of a therapeutic hobby but has turned into my small business. I absolutely love going to work every single day!
One of my best friends, Santos Alcides Robles Rubio, got me started with the basics of producing leather goods. From there I just started creating items that I liked or wanted. After spending almost 10 years in Corporate America and having to dress the part, one thing always bothered me. Paying over $200 for a belt, wallet, money clip, etc….that isn’t even the actual leather it is portrayed to be. Now, it even bothers me more knowing that over 80% of the products out there aren’t actually real leather! You can spend over $250 for an “Alligator” belt that is nothing more than a split layer of cowhide or pig skin that has been embossed with an Alligator print.
Our products are custom designed by YOU. You choose the material, color, style / design, duplicate an old item you may currently have, down to the color of thread. We have done some very unusual products over the years and always look forward to something new. We only use the best materials we can acquire. We will always use Kangaroo leather for lining our products unless you request something different.
(Studies conducted by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) confirm that kangaroo is one of the strongest leathers of similar substance available.
Similarly when split into thinner substances kangaroo retains considerably more of the original tensile strength of the unsplit leather than does calf. When split to 20% of original thickness kangaroo retains between 30 to 60% of the tensile strength of the unsplit hide. Calf on the other hand split to 20% of original thickness retains only 1-4% of original strength. Kangaroo leather is lighter and stronger than the hide of a cow or goat. It has 10 times the tensile strength of cowhide and is 50% stronger than goatskin.
Studies of the morphology of kangaroo leather help explain its particular properties. The collagen fibre bundles in cattle hide are arranged in a complex weaving pattern. The fibres are often at angles as much as 90 degrees to the skin surface. Cattle hide also contain sweat glands, erector pili muscles and a distinct gradation in elastin levels, concentrated in the upper part of the skin. Kangaroo on the other hand has been shown to have a highly uniform orientation of fibre bundles in parallel with the skin surface. It does not contain sweat glands or erector pili muscles and elastin is evenly distributed throughout the skin thickness . This structural uniformity explains both the greater tensile strength of the whole leather and the greater retention of strength in splits. Bovine skin is much more complex in cross section. Hence in whole section it has many more weak points from which tears can start when placed under tension. In addition when sliced into splits the collagen fibres running at significant angles to the skin surface will be cut. These then become weak points in the structural strength.)
Just glance at some of the items we have created in our portfolio. If you see something you like or it gives you an idea, shoot us an email. We also have the capabilities to produce promotional items on a small scale. But, we are growing rapidly and anticipate being able to handle much more volume by the end of this year. Just imagine giving a client something personal that was handcrafted with authentic exotic leather, produced in America. How many times have you ordered something from a promotional company that was from China, Taiwan, etc….and it didn’t last 1 month. Most of the “leather goods” don’t stand up to normal everyday wear and tear. Our items will probably outlast most individuals that purchase or receive them!
Santos Rubio is from El Salvador and has been designing / producing leather goods for over 10 years. He specializes in custom cowboy boots (mostly Roper and Cowboy – walking heel style). Rubio also tools leather, something that I never desired to learn, and that is an art itself as well.
Rubio and I would love to speak with you, help walk you through your ideas and create what you have imagined. We look forward to hearing from you!