Black Spoke Leather Co. creates hand crafted, punk inspired, bicycle friendly leather goods. We use natural, vegetable-tanned leather and alter the color of the leather using an ancient, natural method called Vinegaroon. All pieces are cut, sewn, and finished by hand, resulting in a stronger, higher-quality product that can take a beating and gets better with age. Made in Nordeast, Minneapolis, MN.
About the Company:
This neo-heritage company merges classic craft techniques with modern aesthetics, while maintaining a visual ode to the grittiness of rock ‘n’ roll culture. Each piece starts as a chunk of natural, vegetable tanned leather and is dyed using one of the oldest leather coloring methods, vinegaroon (a natural method that uses vinegar and steel to change the chemical composition in the tannins in the leather, resulting in a soft, black hide that has the look and feel of a broken-in pair of vintage motorcycle boots). The products are then cut, punched, sewn, riveted and finished by hand.
Since the company’s launch in January 2015, Black Spoke Leather Co. goods have been seen at the American Craft Council show in St. Paul, Art-a-Whirl, and have been available in the online shop: www.blackspokeleather.com. Pompadour will be hosting a pop-up shop in collaboration with Black Spoke Leather Co. throughout the month of June.
About the Origins:
After years of attending concerts and art openings via bicycle, and bumping into people, art, and drinks while wearing her messenger bag, founder Sarah started conjuring up ideas for a small bag that would fit all of her necessities, hold her bike lock, and allow her to slip to the front of a concert without pissing off everyone in the crowd. This is how the first Black Spoke Leather Co. product, the Deluxe Hip Bag, came to be.
About the Owner:
Black Spoke Leather Co. is owned and operated by local fashion designer, Sarah M. Holm, who also designs under her eponymous label. Her work has been featured in many local fashion shows, including Voltage: Fashion Amplified, Black Hearts Ball, Retrorama, Envision, and Avoid the Grey. Although she has always worked leather into her clothing designs, she fell in love with leather craft while molding leather for her beetle-inspired line at Black Hearts Ball 2014 and showed some of her first leather goods at the Icons: Films, Fashion, and Rock ‘n’ Roll show in August 2014.