UNMISTAKABLY UNIQUE - CELEBRATING THE POWER OF DIVERSITY IN LEATHERCRAFT.
“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”― Maya Angelou
Damon Ingram, owner of After Hours MFG
Owner of, After Hours MFG, Damon Ingram, is a self-taught leather craftsman who has a passion for creating quality products with a compelling brand! He bought his first leather hide from Tandy two years ago and has never looked back. Follow Damon on Instagram @damonmarkmadeit and @afterhoursmfg. Follow Damon's creative journey on YouTube Link to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFNwPYa-JsgAgckSgSWILyw
Yaa Rivera owner of, AfroRicanArt
Yaa Rivera is the owner of AfroRicanArt, a family owned business, specializing in handmade alternative leather fashion and accessories celebrating African & Puertorican culture. "I'm lucky to have a Tandy leather location just 30 minutes away so I can easily dip in to pick up supplies or just talk to other leather rafters when I need inspiration or guidance." -Yaa
Follow Yaa on Instagram @afroricanart or visit her website: https://afroricanart.com/!
Nicole Coleman, owner of Sow Cole Creations
Benton Racine, from Tandy Store #159
Meet Benton Racine, from Tandy Store #159 in West Palm Beach, Florida."I am not naturally a leathercrafter, but I am learning a variety of leathercrafting skills from one of our outside teachers. I enjoy meeting and talking to my customers and learning about their leathercraft journeys. I am proud that I've been able to support some of our customers who have turned their love of leathercraft into a business by purchasing from them or recommending them to others. I love the diverse range of customers and employees at Tandy and how the company supports and promotes the idea that leathercrafting is for everybody!
James Baker, Manager at Store #168
Meet James, store manager of Tandy's Cheyenne. WY store! "As a single dad to a 3-year-old girl, most of my hobbies and time away from work consists of being my daughter's favorite toy! I am grateful and proud to be part of the Tandy family. Quality of life is the most important factor to me in my career and working for Tandy has allowed me to be a more present parent in my child's life. With 2020 being one of the toughest years of my life, I am proud of how Tandy stepped up to be part of the solution. If I had to sum up Tandy in one word, I would say LOVE. Love your craft. Love your life. And (most importantly) love each other."
Khan Roberts, Zone Manager
Meet Tandy Zone Manager (South), Khan Roberts! "I fell in love with Tandy Leather the moment that I entered the store when I joined the team in 2013. The smell of the leather never gets old! I enjoy teaching customers new techniques with leathercraft. Tandy has opened my eyes to a new world that I might not have found without working here. Tandy has grown from more than a job—they're a family to me."
Veronica, manager of Tandy Leather Memphis
Meet Veronica, manager of Tandy's Memphis store! Originally hired at the El Paso, Texas location where she grew up, Veronica's first experience with leathercraft came from a neighbor in the form of cute coin purses and bracelets. As a woman of color in a male-dominated form of art in her hometown, Veronica mostly dabbled in leathercrafting so that she understood the products in the store to better help customers. However, once she moved to Memphis she found that leathercrafters were a much more diverse group than she initially thought. "I opened my eyes and realized that there are ALL types of leathercrafters!" She says, "I hope that working with this company will inspire more women and men of all backgrounds to keep this craft alive!"
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