It’s a beautiful spring day here in Oregon, and the sun is shining through our open windows, letting in a crisp breeze. Music is playing, people are chatting – and of course, there goes Curtis with a sledge hammer, knocking down another wall!
At Portland Leather Goods everything moves fast. And when I say everything, I mean everything single thing!
Our little company started out a few years back, with two people and one small garage. As we expanded, we made the bold move into a small portion of an old 1950s building that once manufactured metal tanker desks. Throughout the years the beautiful old building had been divided up again and again into smaller and smaller rooms. Our room was a small pole dancing studio, painted purple with wall to ceiling mirrors.
Within months we were building more and more workbenches, designing new products and kicking down walls. It seems that just as the dust settles and the floor has been mopped another wall is targeted, tackled and toted away. There is never a dull moment. Our one small room became larger and larger. One week there’s a hallway and some lofts blocking off windows, the next a beautiful, expansive workspace with sun beaming in every direction. More than 20 walls were taken down, some over 40 feet long and 28 feet tall, and the best part is – we all had a hand in making this new space our home.
When you stop by our workshop you’ll be greeted with soaring ceilings, 565 window panes, 36 fun employees (yes, we areall fun), and depending on the day, up to four shop pups (and Mary just adopted a puppy, so make that five when she’s big enough to come in).
We’re always growing and expanding, thanks to you! By the end of summer Portland Leather Goods will utilize all 12,000 sq.ft. of the second floor – and we can’t wait to show you around! We’ve been working on developing a beautiful Outlet Store, so you can pick up some incredible deals in person. We’re also planning plenty of tours, giving you the chance to meet our team, and watch the process of your leather product being hand-crafted and passed from station to station with love and care. Until then, our doors are always open! Feel free to stop and check out our progress – just as long as you don’t mind the occasional sledgehammer!