We’re eager to introduce you to local artist Mary Lynn Schroeder and her small handmade leather-goods company, In Blue. She began her operation in 2008, after a relocation from Chicago to a very small town in Southern Illinois. She bought a sewing machine on the way down, learned how to work it, and never looked back. A brick and mortar shop and 25,000 + sales later, Schroeder expanded In Blue to a team of leather working awesomeness.
Now located in Asheville, NC, In Blue resides in a large shared studio space overlooking the French Broad River. “Together we make each piece by hand every day. We start with full hides of leather, cut out our pattern pieces, sew ’em up, stamp down our ink, and ship them out the door!”
We’re delighted with their quality and the detail of their pieces. Ode to the season for a proper Lion’s celebration, Franzi’s personal favorite is below: