Farmers Market Spotlight: Coleman’s Haberdashery
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Get acquainted with the flavor of the Main Street Steamboat Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the corner of Yampa and Seventh streets through Sept. 15.
Each week, 150 local and regional vendors bring their bounty to the market, featuring fresh produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods, canned and prepared foods, handcrafted art, lotions, soaps, jewelry, furniture, clothing and much more.
Don’t know where to start with this many vendors to choose from?
Meet Coleman’s Haberdashery, this week’s highlighted vendor.
Years at the Market: Second year
Vincent Coleman and his wife, Gretchen, set out two years ago to create All American Bison Leather goods with purpose, function and durability, with a focus on the Mountain lifestyle and minimalism.
“We cut, punch and stitch all of our goods by hand, for greater durability and character,” said Vincent Coleman. “By using bison leather, it embodies the rich history of the Yampa Valley as well as the American West.”
Primarily self-taught, his inspiration to create these leather items came from dissatisfaction with products on the market.
Specialty: Their American bison leather, sourced from Colorado and Wyoming, is 30 to 40 percent stronger than cowhide, Coleman said.
Their product line includes mountain totes, minimalist wallets, cross-body bags, fly-fishing wallets and belts. Each item is hand-stitched, so no two are identical.
“We leave the range marks and scars from the animal to create more character on each one of our items,” Coleman said. “Bison leather also patinas beautifully with time, wear and care.”
Factoid: Their wallets are designed to fit perfectly into a cycling jersey or ski coat.
“We strictly use what’s called a saddle stitch, which is superior to machine stitching due to its tensile strength and durability,” Coleman said.
To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email @Audrey_Dwyer1.
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