Jon Ladd, Leather Worker

Jon Ladd is a leather working in Cookeville, Tennessee.  Jon designs English Bridle leather bags folded into delicate forms and riveted for strength and beauty.  He also makes custom fit belts and other leather goods too.

  • Media:
    Leather
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  • Phone:
    828-225-8528
  • Address:
    Cookeville, TN
  • Email:
    jon (at) jonladdleather (dot) com

Jon Ladd

My name is Jon Ladd. I make leather belts and goods.

Maybe that’s too simple a way to look at it. But that’s what I do and I do my best to do it well.

The hard way, with hand tools, one belt at a time, sized to fit you. In October of 2005 I was asked to help a master craftsman leather cobbler at the Southern Highlands show in Asheville, NC. Many years, shows and indentured servitude later, I’m out on my own making my own brand and style of leather goods.

I work mostly with English Bridle leather and for my belts I import my leather from England, from a tannery doing things the same way since 1841. I like that mentality. The thought that this is the way we tan leather. There are no substitutes or cheaper alternatives. Just the way it is done. I understand that. I appreciate that.

I strive to make that same commitment to my work. I have a beautiful, smart, supportive wife, Jessica Stoddart, who happens to be an artist who inspires me, and the smartest, strongest, cutest, funniest, most special daughter with who’s love and encouragement I am afforded the opportunity to travel, to make leather belts and goods, and to live a special life.

Each bag is hand cut, hand worked, and designed by me. With thought to the modern world, classic style, and simple function, I believe each to be a simple pleasure. My belts are made to fit, you. With thick Bridle leather and a process of steps to cut, work, and finish before finally made to fit, you, I think my work is a combination of simple classic style and durable quality. If I do all the work to create a perfect strap of leather and them submit to some standardized size then I just perpetuating the problem and so I have made the conscious decision to measure the person and to create something designed to fit each individual.

A throwback to the time when yours was made to fit you and made to last in your life. I’m for local organic farm to table, for learning to do things the hard way, for doing it right the first time and for being simple.

I am Jon Ladd Leather. I am made in the USA. I make leather belts and goods.