As promised, we're delivering the first installment in a series of Northern Folk vendor spotlights. First up is Leather Works Minnesota - a leather shop with its roots in St. Paul, Minnesota. Leather Works MN has been crafting high quality leather goods since 1999 and is an amazing example of the driving force behind American Made.
Their dedication to their craft and genuine love for what they do is evident in their products - heck it's even obvious in their presence on social media. I've been following their Instagram feed for a while drooling over their beautiful workspace and being inspired by their process, so I was naturally pretty excited when I learned they'd be coming to Fargo for Northern Folk.
Who are you & what do you do?
Leather Works MN is a leather shop that is owned by Kent and Lee Begnaud, founded in 1999. We are located in the Arts District of Lowertown, St. Paul. We specialize in making small men’s accessories. Belts, Wallets, Suspenders, Key Fobs. We will soon be launching a new website that will include a lifestyle blog, adding a new side to LWM.
What does American Made mean to you ?
To us, American Made means having a sense of pride in our work. We know that by producing goods in America we are doing our part to bring growth to our community. Since we are in control, we have the opportunity to become masters of our trade through hands-on manufacturing. We also get to know our customers on a personal level. We always enjoy when people stop in to say “hello" and look around our workshop.
Who do you make your products for?
Over the past few years we have seen a return to a conscious mindset of where our goods are coming from. We make products for anyone with a passion for American Made and appreciate quality over quantity. Because we are a small shop of 5 people we have the ability to keep our prices lower, while at the same time sourcing the best materials.
Where can folks find your products?
WM is carried in about 50 stores globally. Locally we can be found at Askov Finlayson, Wilson and Willys, Heimie’s Haberdashery, and Brightwater.
You can also find them at Northern Folk on April 18th from 2-8pm right in the heart of downtown Fargo.