Many Louisvillians who have walked shop to shop down Bardstown Road have seen this one of a kind store – Leatherhead.
Starting in 1967, at only five years old, Nick Boone, owner of Leatherhead, began his passion for crafting and handling leather. His first creation from leather was a harness for his goat that he made to help propel him around the yard. After almost five decades, Boone has honed and perfected his craft.
The Leatherhead has been serving customers from its current location on 1601 Bardstown Road for the last 33 years. From belts, boots, wallets, guitar straps, jewelry, gloves, jackets, satchels, saddles, shoes, bags, leather hides and various custom leather creations, The Leatherhead has it all.
After talking with Boone for a while, it was clear to see that he is passionate about his work and he loves what he does. “I love leather!” Boone stated with a smile lighting up across his face, “I love the artistic ability of it and I love what you can create from leather.”
“Good leather is the key.” Boone expressed, “A lot of leather is miss tanned leaving a green spot or white mark running through it when it’s cut open.” Boone warns to be warry of bad leather that hasn’t been properly tanned but instead rapidly processed. All his leather is fine picked and taken care of with a leather conditioner made out of bees wax.
Leatherhead has a reputation for selling the highest quality leather merchandise and his renowned work has spread all over the country. His work has been bought by many famous people and musicians. Some celebrities that visited his shop include Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom and his work has even been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
Being located this close to the Kentucky Derby, it’s no surprise that Boone has a patent on horse headstalls and also has done many custom saddles. Horse gear isn’t the only thing Boone has patented, as he holds one for guitar straps as well.
The Leatherhead is open Monday thru Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for more information visit theleatherhead.com.