HANDMADE IN U.S.A.
A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE DESIGN STUDIO
CHATTING WITH "MAINLAND REVIVAL"
"Tell us everything, how did you get your start?"
NOTYERS--My love of animals, my accessory design background, and an inspiring trip to Iceland got me started making leashes! Rope-splicing, a technique I use to make the leash handles and attach the hardware, is a skill I picked up from some Icelandic fishermen. I also come from a corporate leather accessory design background, where I picked up leather-working skills from the master craftspeople who produced all our prototypes.
"We walk into your workspace/ studio and the first thing we notice is….?"
NOTYERS--The first thing you notice about my studio is that .... it’s SMALL. My studio life and home life are very much intertwined. I had the sun porch on my apartment converted into a small design studio last year, and I really benefit from the all fresh air and natural light coming in from the windows.
"What sets your product apart?"
NOTYERS--My product is completely handmade! There is no machinery used on these leashes, the most advanced machinery used in the production of the leashes is….a needle and thread. I am hand-splicing the rope, weaving the lacing, and cutting all the leather with a knife; these techniques really impart a “human touch” to the product. Another thing that really sets my product apart is that the components are of the highest quality: 100% cotton, genuine leather, and brass hardware.
"If you were any flavor of ice cream, you would be a double scoop of…?"
NOTYERS--Definitely Superman. It’s a swirl of three flavors blended together and it leaves you with a blue tongue. If you haven’t had it you've gotta try!