Sole Survivor uses age old traditions to create leather goods designed to meet the needs of those who value individual workmanship. The goods 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 OUR LEATHER ARTISANS
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 industry for many years, he is an incredibly knowledgeable source for materials, supplies, tools and machinery.
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, Steve and Annie collaborate on new product design and development and the selection of leather for each item.
Annie began working as a full time leather artisan alongside her father, Steve, in 2014. 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, hand-sewing and working with color. Annie has been with Sole Survivor since 2007.
"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. Since January 2014 Sole Survivor has been happily settled in Maplewood. We love it here! The community has been so welcoming and supportive."