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Fine Handmade Boots & Saddles: The M. L. Leddy Tradition

Fine Handmade Boots & Saddles: The M. L. Leddy Tradition (Hardback)

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The finest handmade boots, saddles, and leather goods that can be found have been made by one Texas family for almost a century. And for just as long, people who pass through M L Leddys doors have been considered part of an extended family with a shared tradition of service and excellence. Now the stories of the products and the people that have kept Texas -- and the world -- moving in great Western style are collected and paired with historic images from the familys archive and original art photography. Written by Martha and Wilson Franklin, the third generation of Leddys to mind the store, with author and Texas culture critic John DeMers, and richly illustrated with Mike Marvins museum-quality photography, this history captures the spirit of M L Leddy and the essence of Texas: the strength, the style, and the sense of family that keeps it all real.

BusinessBusiness & managementBusinessIndustry & industrial studiesManufacturing industriesHistory & PoliticsRegional & national historyHistory of the Americas Publisher: Bright Sky Press Publication Date: 14/05/2014 ISBN-13: 9781939055507  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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With his wife Martha, Wilson Franklin continues to run the legendary Western goods company founded by his grandfather M.L. Leddy in San Angelo, Texas, in 1922. Known particularly for the multistep creation of handmade boots and saddles that are cherished by ranchers and royalty, celebrities and collectors, M. L. Leddys store in Fort Worths Sundance Square has become a destination; the bright neon boot in front, an icon. Continuing the Leddy tradition, each year the Franklins re-create an extensive Leddys storefront at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where customers experience the personalized fitting for which Leddys is famous. It begins when the customers foot is traced into the traditional leger books and receives a permanent Leddys number, continues through a custom handmade last, proprietary stitching patterns, fine leather and tooling, and other careful details. The Franklins exemplify the values and traditions of M. L. Leddy in every aspect of their life and work.

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