Designing American craftmanship: American Bench Craft curates handmade leather goods
American Bench Craft is a veteran-owned business located in Woburn, MA. Below, the team shares some details on their business and the importance of supporting local.
Describe your business in 50 words or less.
American Bench Craft is a local veteran-owned leather goods manufacturer base out of Wilmington, MA. We combine unique designs, sustainable sourcing, sturdy materials, and reliable American craftsmanship to offer leather goods and gear that truly stand the test of time. Our products include belts, wallets, tool sheaths, dog collars, and more.
What makes your business unique?
American Bench Craft was founded on the American Dream, and our workshop stands in direct contrast to the ever-increasing world of outsourcing and automation. Located in Wilmington, MA, our shop is outfitted with leather working tools and machinery powered by good old American muscle. Everything from the cutting, stamping, riveting, and finishing is done by hand. Simple designs and the best materials allow our products to accommodate any lifestyle, from the backwoods to the boardroom and everywhere in between.
What does your business look like?
American Bench Craft is a team of brothers, family, and friends who have talked about owning a business together since high school. We run a shop where everybody shows up excited for the opportunity to be creative, solve problems, work with our hands, and serve our loyal passionate customers.
We sell our products online at http://www.AmericanBenchCraft.com as well as through a select network of retailers around the country and around the world. Our products have been sold to every state in the US and 42 countries around the world, and our customers range from urban professionals, to seasoned hunting guides, and everything in between. We are now and have always been so thankful to every customer that joins the American Bench Craft family.
Why is it important to support businesses like yours?
At American Bench Craft, we believe small businesses are the backbone of America, and supporting small businesses is the best way to strengthen our economy and preserve the skills, crafts, and traditions that built this country. At American Bench Craft our products are made in America, by Americans, using American materials.
Do you want to say anything to your customers or guests?
To all of our customers, past and present and future, we truly appreciate your support. We built this company off the word-of-mouth marketing of our loyal and passionate customer base and we wouldn’t be here without them.
How has your business changed or adapted during the COVID-19 pandemic?
In 2020 during the beginning stages of the pandemic, our business went through a time of serious upheaval and uncertainty. As we adapted and took measures to keep our staff safe, we were able to keep our leather goods business running while also assisting in the manufacturing of essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for frontline workers. We die cut over 500,000 face mask filters and provided over 75,000 face shields to state and federal organizations. We believe our country’s ability to come through this pandemic can be credited to the incredible resilience, adaptability, and reliability of local small business and frontline workers.