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Leather Head Sports

American Made Since 2006

Paul Cunningham

Glen Rock, New Jersey
At Leather Head Sports we're craftspeople. Our inspiration is to use the sculptural forms of sports balls to showcase beautiful leather.

Tell us about your business.

I founded Leather Head Sports as a hobby business in 2006 with a single product; a vintage style "lemon peel" baseball. Encouraged by the success of this product, I left a long time career as the photo editor at Major League Baseball to devote myself to my craft. I gradually added other sports balls to my offerings, including footballs, basketballs, rugby balls and medicine balls. As my business grew, I was able to move into a bigger workshop and hire additional craftspeople to meet our growing demand. We start with beautiful leather. The Leather Head workshop relies on skilled crafts people to hand cut the leather into individual panels which are sewn together to make our finished sports balls. As we grow, we will need to invest in people and machinery to improve efficiency. Ultimately, I am dedicated to being a small scale American craft manufacturer.

What makes your business stand out?

For my business to be successful, it is important to distinguish myself from thousands of other skilled leather workers. I chose to focus my craft on sports balls. Sports have broad appeal, so I was certain that my products would attract positive attention in the marketplace. What makes Leather Head Sports unique in the world of leather craft, is that we are the only one in America that focuses on making beautiful sports balls.

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

"Don't try to grow to fast" An old family friend who has been successful in business told me that more businesses fail because they try to grow too fast. I have been deliberate to grow at a pace that suits my cash flow.

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