SoWa Spotlight: Leather Man Dan

With the start of fall officially under our belts, we're featuring SoWa Open Market frequenter and custom leather designer, Leather Man Dan! Stop by his booth to find the perfect accessory for the season.

Dan was first exposed to leather crafting in junior high school, but it wasn't until after ten years in the Air Force and twenty years in the corporate field that Dan finally had the time to settle into the leather craft business. We're so glad he did!

To create his beautiful products, Dan uses a round knife, hole punch, harness needle, and wood burnisher. By using full-grain leather and his own oil & beeswax finish, his products all reflect his love for the smell, look, and feel of the leather. His products have quickly charmed SoWa Open Market customers. Check out the photos below to see some of his most popular products! 

Dan is also passionate about supporting business in the U.S. His leather comes from Pennsylvania, his thread comes from Maine, his dyes come from Wisconsin, his wax & buckles come from Massachusetts, and his sleigh bells from Connecticut. We love his effort to source his materials locally and wish him the best with his blooming business. 

Come by the SoWa Open Market any Saturday and/or Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM before October 29 to find out what all the hype is about! 

When they’re here: October 7, October 8, October 14, October 15, October 21, October 22, October 28, and October 29.