Get a “Behind the Seams” Look at Billykirk’s American-Made Leather Goods

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SETTING DOWN ROOTS

Over the years, the Brays have forged relationships with several kindred businesses, including Chicago’s Horween Leather Company and Pennsylvania’s Bollman Hat Company, the oldest milliner in the United States.

With resurgent interest in American craftsmanship, Billykirk has found its niche, attracting retailers large and small.

With resurgent interest in American craftsmanship, Billykirk has found its niche, attracting retailers large and small, such as Bloomingdale’s, J.Crew, and In God We Trust. Other countries have also taken note, with Japan by far the largest international consumer of its products.

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HOMETOWN PRIDE

Although manufacturing costs remain high Stateside, a revived domestic industry could only bolster the sagging economy, according to the Brays. The timing of the heritage trend and one of the worst financial crises in American history is no coincidence. “The financial meltdown is a perfect example of greed gone bad and it how it festers itself into all areas of commerce,” Chris says. “It’s exactly why we are seeing this homegrown U.S.-made pride taking shape.”

The timing of the heritage trend and one of the worst financial crises in American history is no coincidence.

It’s easy to see, then, why Billykirk has such a sizable cult following. Unlike the products you find in big-box stores, each piece is manufactured with care by actual people. For a generation that has lost touch with the art of making, Billykirk signals a return to a simpler, less-harried time. “It’s the whole craft,” Chris says. “People are using their hands again.”

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