Custom Leather Creations began over 45 years ago by husband and wife team Steve and Marge Linnekin.
Back in the ‘70s Steve was a driver for UPS with a leather shoe sole company on his route. One day, the owner’s son was making name bracelets. Steve expressed interest and got a tutorial right then and there. Steve’s passion for hand-crafting leather items was born.
In 1976 Marge and Steve met and the magic continued. They merged their creative talents (Marge had been doing ceramics) and started doing small craft shows and flea markets. They’ve opened various shops in the Phoenicia NY area with their current store located in Mount Tremper, NY (also part of the greater Phoenicia area).
They now offer thousands of different types of custom leather products including belts, wallets, keychains, holsters, bracelets and many other items. And for the first time ever you can purchase Marge and Steve’s wonderful creations online and have them shipped right to your home.
Most importantly, all of our products are made with love just for you.
OUR LEATHER PROCESS:
We use tanned cow hides of different weights or thickness, depending on the particular product. 7-10 oz is used for belts, 6-7 oz is used for bracelets, 4-6 is used for assorted pouches and cases and 2-4 oz is used for wallets.
After cutting out the different patterns on our hydraulic clicker press, we tool, dye, antique and apply an acrylic finish. The finished parts are then glued and stitched on one of our classic sewing machines.
We strip the lengths of leather to the various belt and bracelet widths. Belts are edged, hand-tooled or rolled with different designs, then dyed and finished. Bracelets are tooled with our customers’ names and designs, dyed and then hand-painted by Marge.
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