Among the rolling hills of Oklahoma, where the western heritage is a way of life, our thriving little shop can be found just south of Pawnee. Our owner and lead designer, Amanda, started this company in 2015 working from the kitchen table of her fifth wheel travel trailer. As order after order started rolling in she and her husband, James, saw a need to expand and built a little shop for Amanda to work from. What seemed like a lot more room, soon turned into not enough as business started booming and now plans for greater expansions are being made.
Here at Hurricane Dixie Leather, we specialize in high quality handmade leather goods that are not only beautiful but also functional. What makes us unique, is that not only do we have great tooling skills but we also use a lot of color and different art mediums. We enjoy experimenting with different materials such as hair-on-hide, Pendleton wool, and beadwork to created new and exciting products. We take pride in adding a colorful spin to more traditional leatherwork.
One of our favorite things is to incorporate beadwork into our designs. We accept beadwork from all over the country, however, two of our favorite companies to work with are Lazy J3 Creations (Winner, SD) and Ropers Beads (Pawnee, OK). Both companies deliver high quality beautiful beadwork.
Not only do we create great products, but we also feel it is important to help God's other children. Every November, we do a 'Cuffs for a Cause' event where, for every cuff sold, we purchase a pair of new shoes for a child in need . Since the start of this event in 2017, we have sent over 60 pairs of new shoes to "street children" in the Philippines and Malawi, Africa! One of our missionary contacts in Malawi informed us that often times children there are found tying plastic bottles to their feet with strings from onion bags. So you can imagine how big of an impact a pair of new shoes can be to someone in that environment. We might not be able to change the entire world, but we can do our best to change someone's world, one sole at a time.
Amanda grew up in a small town in South Dakota (Plankinton). Her father was, and still is, a father and her mother, a city slicker, worked for the government. Growing up with this combination of parents, Amanda formed a love for the western lifestyle but also formed a love for the city as well. While her father encouraged rodeos and livestock shows, her mother encouraged music and art. In 2009, Amanda graduated from high school and attended 2 years of college at SDSU before meeting her husband, James. It didn’t take long for James to convince Amanda to move to Oklahoma and soon, in 2013, became married. Prior to meeting James, Amanda had no experience with leather work but was very talented in painting and design. James’ dad, Jimmy, introduced Amanda to leather work and she quickly became intrigued. Her first project was a Bible cover and soon after began making a pair of bull riding chaps for James as his old pair was in dire need of replacing. Shortly after completion of James’ chaps, people started noticing and placing orders for their own pairs of chaps. After completing 5 more pairs of chaps (all hand sewn by the way), a hired hand from her fathers farm reached out and asked Amanda to inlay his beadwork into some belts. Hesitant at first, she agreed and from then on, others from around the country have reached out as well.
Amanda has no formal training, but with a lot of hard work and leading from the Holy Spirit, she has learned and is working on mastering the dying art of leatherwork.