Eugene Leatherworks was established in 1974 by my partner Ken Blundon, and I joined forces with Ken, bringing my creative designs and feminine touches, in 1990. Ken started by tooling and lacing on latigo leathers, making belts and purses and started selling his craft at Saturday Markets in the Eugene area and then on to the Portland area. Eventually as business grew he started selling at various Art Festivals throughout Washington, Oregon, California, and Idaho. Over the years we switched to using soft leathers that we found, which were already embossed, silk-screened, and colored, that opened up opportunities to new designs to stay in step with fashion trends. We also spent time listening to our customer's needs and requests to construct some of the most well thought out bags and accessories and still be beautiful works of art that pairs function and form.
The effort of creating our various styles is a complex process which involves a lot of trial, error and time. The foundation to all my designs is to make each style be as versatile as it can possibly be, such as: backpack, shoulder bag, cross-body, ergonomic, to name a few. Starting with the simple drawings of what I would like the art work to be used for, then deciding who will be the primary user, and finally adding the finishing touches by creating the style to be aesthetically pleasing and extremely functional. I continue on, drawing out my pattern pieces until each style is achieved. When these are completed and blend together perfectly, I create my "cookie-cutter" dies myself, using plywood and a few trade secrets. When this laborious process is completed I can then start my production creating "One-of-a-Kind", 100% ALL LEATHER components, using combinations of the many unique, limited quantities, of leathers I have found. I take pride in building the highest level of quality, function, and design by paying special attention to detail in each and every item!
Over the years in business, we have grown to expand our market to include more areas across the United States, while maintaining the individually HAND CRAFTED and proud to be "MADE IN USA" leather fashions and accessories. I will even do some customizing of my individual styles to accommodate the special needs of my customers, with pleasure. Our home base is in Springfield, Oregon where I grew up and where Ken lived. Throughout the years of working with Ken, we achieved new levels in our designs, as we pooled our ideas together, until he realized I had gone beyond his wildest dreams in all aspects of the business. He will always be remembered by our customers and myself. Ken and I both shared in the passion for designing the best function and quality possible. He will be missed but the legacy continues. Ken Blundon passed away on August 2, 2011. Since given the opportunity, I continue to carry out our dreams in design and function, and look forward to pushing the envelope farther in my visions for the future.
They say "Form follows Function." well, I envision bringing form and function up together as one.