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Doug has been designing and constructing soft leather bags since 1976. From his pre-school days forward, he has always cultivated his passion for original design and pattern making.
My first experience with leather design came in the mid-1970's when I visited a local flea market and watched a young man making tooled belts. The process looked interesting, and I decided to give it a try. After a year or two, I learned that soft leather work was my true interest and the process of design, pattern making, cutting, and sewing was my passion. I like to work with texture and contrast to create interesting objects, though the demands of my business don't always allow enough time to execute the many ideas that come to mind. As you can see from my personal photograph, I prefer the outdoors and the natural world and strive to reflect that preference in simple, organic designs. Earthtone colors, simple structure, and the absence of flashy hardware characterize the Highland Leather style.