About Sole Survivor

Location: 7358 Manchester Rd. | Maplewood, MO 63143 | 314-932-1475
Store Hours:  Monday - Friday 10-5 | Saturday 10-4

Sole Survivor uses timeless traditions to create contemporary and enduring leather goods; goods that are designed to meet the needs of those who value individual workmanship. Our designs are strongly influenced by fashion, both modern and vintage. The retail shop offers a variety of belts and wallets, as well as unique bags, satchels, and footwear. Visitors can tour the workshop to see an impressive array of hand tools and machinery as well as the artists at work

MEET THE LEATHER ARTISANS of SOLE SURVIVOR

  STEVE RYE
    Steve started his work in the late '60's designing and making a creative selection of bags, belts, footwear and small leather goods. Steve's skills include product design, pattern making and sewing of leather. Having been in the business for many years, he has an incredible wealth of knowledge about materials, supplies, tools and machinery.

    Kay - Leather Artisan   KAY RYE

      Kay has worked together with Steve designing and making leather goods since 1979.Kay enjoys creating one of a kind sculptural pieces out of leather, molding and shaping the hides into intriguing vessels and wall hangings.  She collaborates with Steve and Annie on new product design and the selection of leather for each item.

      Annie - Leather Artisan   ANNIE RYE

         Annie began working as a full time leather artisan alongside her father, Steve, in 2007. Learning to design and create on her own, she's taken many of Steve's original designs, updating and refiningthem for today's tastes. Her appreciation of color and love for tie dye has expanded the shop's offerings beyond the usual earth tones. Annie enjoys creating new designs, and working with color. 

         Studio Tours

        Sole Survivor is located in Maplewood, MO -  just minutes from downtown St. Louis and close to Forest Park, museums, and the zoo!  Visitors can tour the workshop to see an impressive array of hand tools and machinery as well as a view of the artists at work.
        Drop in any Saturday or call ahead for group or weekday tours.

        For groups of 6 or more, please  call in advance.
        Please note ~ our new workshop is located on a lower level accessible by stairs.
        Questions? Call 314-932-1475

        HISTORY
        "Our adventures began in the late 60's into the 70's with the Midwest arts and craft show circuit. The journey continued in St. Louis where, in 1985, Sole Survivor settled and opened shop in the Central West End.  Over the years, changes to the retail scene inspired a series of moves that eventually led us to Maplewood, MO. Since January 2014 Sole Survivor has been happily settled in Maplewood.  We love it here! The community has  been so welcoming and supportive."

        Monday - Friday 10-5
        Saturday 10-4
        Sunday - CLOSED

        7358 Manchester Road Maplewood, MO
        314-932-1475