Landwerlen Leather is a leather supply shop run by generations of the same family at the same location in downtown Indianapolis for almost one hundred years. As soon as you walk in the door, the layers of time and tradition they've built on become evident.
Landwerlen serves a community of local craftspeople with a variety of materials for leather working from belts to bags to shoes and more. Over time, they've selected specific products based on the needs of those customers and their own experience of what really works best.
It's supply shops like this that keep the community of trades working. Being able to hold and inspect a piece of material in the hand is a critical part of a craftsperson's work. But, having a relationship with someone who provides those materials allows you to go even deeper.
These local suppliers are specialists in what they sell. They have an intimate knowledge of where their material comes from, how it's made and how it can be used. Even more importantly, they can tell you if there's something else that might be better for what you need.
If the only goal of a supplier is to sell something to you, it's "buyer beware" and that is what passes on to those who use what you create . But, if their goal is to build a relationship, it's more important to make sure you have what you really need. This in turn allows you to have confidence in your work and pass that on to your customers.