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Godlove's Craft Leather

American Made Since 2012

Stephanie Godlove

Nashville, Tennessee
Stephanie Godlove cuts, skives, hammers, and stitches. She practices the age-old craft of leather work to create objects of form and function.

Tell us about your business.

Godlove’s Craft Leather began out of a love for elaborate cowboy boot tops. Master boot maker Lisa Sorrell, taught me how to cut, skive, and stitch beautiful leather inlay. For me, working with leather is a rich sensory experience full of beautiful colors, textures, sounds, and smells. The material is soft and pliable, yet incredibly strong. I feel connected to a rich history working with leather, since this beautiful natural material has been used to craft objects for thousands of years. I make every piece by hand, using sewing machines that have not changed in their elegant mechanical design for two centuries. I see my business evolving to reach a much larger clientele because Godlove’s Craft Leather is relocating from Nashville, TN to the larger, metropolitan area of Washington, DC. My repertoire is also expanding to include new designs. This growth allows me to serve my customers better and in turn takes my business to new heights.

What makes your business stand out?

My business is unique because I am helping to revitalize a classic and dwindling art form. Inlaid leather has been fashionable on cowboy boots since the mid 19th century. It is made by cutting shapes out of leather, thinning the shapes by shaving leather from the back (“skiving”), inserting colored leather pieces under the cutout shapes, and stitching the shapes in place. The inlaid designs of traditional western boots are a great source of inspiration to me, and I am helping to revitalize this art form by introducing it to handbag designs.

What's the best business advice you've received?

The best advice that I have received came from my husband who said, “Do what you love, and don't worry about making mistakes.” This advice has helped me to move beyond road blocks and enjoy the creative process of working with leather.
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