Awl Made Here was born on the tiny island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands 25+ years ago. At its start, it was a small workshop/storefront next to Skinny Legs Bar & Grill in Coral Bay.
As I learned the how-to's of working with different leathers and various tools, the business began to grow at a nice, comfortable pace and has kept me busy since! In the very beginning it was mostly How-To pamphlets & books and “figuring it out” because online searches were non-existent (those were the pre-world wide web days). Can you imagine?!
Seventeen years later the shop closed (in 2011), and Awl Made Here moved through the next phases in the life of the biz… An online presence was established, a "store on wheels" for a short time, a relocation to North Carolina, and now: outdoor markets & festivals, wholesaling & consigning in stores, lots of online orders & custom orders, etc.
CHEERS to everyone that have helped to keep Awl Made Here alive!
AWL MADE HERE AT IT'S START, ST. JOHN USVI: 1994