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A startup from Lancaster, PA building handcrafted leather products to last a lifetime.
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With the Welsh Mountain range in Eastern Pennsylvania as their backdrop, the Smucker family has been handcrafting leather goods for the equestrian industry for three generations.

As the third Smucker generation, Daniel had a desire to expand beyond the horse riding market and use his love and knowledge of leather to craft products anyone could use. After talking with Jonathan and James about his vision, Welsh Mtn Co. was born.

Welsh Mtn Co. is a fusion of different visions and personalities into one focused goal: build the world's highest quality leather goods, at honest prices.

The Team 

Daniel, Jonathan, and James are the co-founders of Welsh Mtn Co.

Daniel is the leather master. His family has been crafting high quality leather products in Pennsylvania for three generations. Daniel handles the leather craftsmanship and logistical side of the business. In addition to Welsh Mtn, Daniel also owns Smucker Harness.  

Jon Clair is the entrepreneur (Breeo, Knot & Ore and The Brick & Mortar Formula) who loves the outdoors and travel (@unboundnomads). His role at Welsh Mtn involves design, strategy, and innovation.  

James is the adventurer of the group (@jamesbarkman). Currently on an epic journey from Alaska to Patagonia (@thePanAmericanTrail) on dual-sports, James puts the Welsh Mtn products to the test. An adventure photographer by trade, James handles photography, content, and is heavily involved in product design.


Products 

The team at Welsh Mtn Co. has an almost fanatical obsession with quality. As outdoorsmen, any product that we make needs to hold up under rigorous and often abusive use. This is one of the reasons why our products are made using only American leather, copper rivets, and brass hardware. We warranty our products for life, but hope that they last much longer than that. Each Welsh Mtn product is designed and built to last for generations. 

Handcrafted in America. 

The Messenger

 

Built from American vegetable tanned leather, hand-hammered copper rivets, and solid brass hardware, the Messenger bag by Welsh Mtn is built to withstand virtually any form of abuse. Whether it is being dropped from a cab in New York or run over by a donkey in Morocco, it will only add character. Over time, the Messenger develops a look that is all its own, telling your personal story. Each ding and scratch will remind you of a trip, event, or experience.

The Messenger is comfortable in the business, travel, or urban setting. The timeless design allows you to look professional in the boardroom or feel at home in a European hostel.

Inside the Messenger is a laptop compartment, phone slot, card slot, and pen slot, along with a larger compartment for papers and books.

 

The back of the Messenger has a large open slot for any items you want to access without opening the bag.

  • Weighs 4 pounds 11 ounces 
  • Dimensions: 17.5" x 12" x 5" deep
  • 8-10 oz Chestnut Bridle Leather
  • Solid brass buckles
  • Copper rivets
  • Lifetime Warranty




The Welsh Mtn Rolltop 

 
 The Welsh Mtn Rolltop is tough, gorgeous, and incredibly functional.

No more worries of a zipper breaking while in the backcountry or overseas, the Welsh Mtn Rolltop Backpack is like something out of another era.

 

 This backpack conjures up images of Canadian voyageurs, portaging between endless waterways. Or perhaps you think of a mountain man, stealthily checking his traps in a high alpine meadow.

Whatever story this backpack tells you, it’s anything but modern. The Rolltop Backpack features interior and exterior pockets for convenient access to your gear.

The straps are adjustable and the rolltop feature allows the bag to handle whatever amount of gear you need.

  • Weighs 4 pounds 8 ounces 
  •  Dimensions: Rolled 19" x 13.5" x 4" and Unrolled 28.5"
  •  5 oz Brown Double-Tanned Latigo
  • Solid brass buckles 
  • Copper rivets 
  • Lifetime Warranty

Signature Tote 

Beauty through simplicity, the Welsh Mtn Signature Tote is a statement in the making. On the same day, it could compliment a downtown brunch or a picnic in the forest in equal measure. Whether you need a bag to carry surf gear, company papers, or a blanket for your baby, this tote molds to accommodate every season of life with quality and character.

 

 

 The Signature Tote has two convenient interior pockets for your smaller items, offsetting its cavernous main compartment. Made out of nothing but American Leather, this tote will last a lifetime.

  • Weighs 1 pound 9 ounces
  • Dimensions: 12" x 12" x 4"
  • 5 oz Brown Double-Tanned Latigo
  • Copper Rivets
  • Heavy Nylon Thread
  • Lifetime Warranty

                         

The Field Notes Journal  

When Lewis and Clark made their famed trek across the continent, you can bet that field journals were an indispensable part of their gear. How else is one to record the siting of a buffalo or bald eagle?

The Welsh Mtn Field Notes Journal houses a 48-page memo book and features small pockets to hold extra papers and pens. It is primarily functional, but who can deny the visual effect of jotting down a few insights into such a stately notebook?

  • Weighs 3.5 ounces
  • Dimensions: 4.5" x 6.25"
  • 5-6 oz Chestnut Bridle Leather
  • Heavy Nylon Thread
  • Lifetime Warranty

 

The Welsh Mtn Slim Wallet 

A wallet for the busy modern man. A few cards, a bill or two, and you are on your way. No fuss, no hassle, and no big bulge in your pocket. The Welsh Mtn Slim Wallet is perfect for the international traveler who wants to keep his important items securely tucked away. 

Made from the finest American leather, the Slim Wallet will be the last wallet you ever buy. This little piece of leather will travel the world with you, get scratched and banged, and just keep looking better.

  • Weighs 1 ounce
  • Dimensions: 4.5" x 3"
  • 4 oz Buck-Brown Harness Leather
  • Heavy Nylon Thread
  • Lifetime Warranty

 

The Camera Strap 

The Camera strap is the perfect accessory, keeping your camera safe and secure. 

No fears of this strap breaking, because it won’t. Copper rivets hold everything together, and the American leather holds up beautifully to wear & tear.

  • Weighs 2.5 ounces
  • Dimensions: 3'3" long x 0.5" with 1.25" neck rest 
  • 8-10 oz Chestnut Bridle Leather
  • Solid Nickel Rings
  • Copper Rivets
  • Lifetime Warranty

 

The Cable Organizer

 

A cute little accessory you will use every day, the Cable Organizer keeps your headphones from getting all snarled and tangled. Made from American leather, and with the Welsh Mtn brand boldly etched into its surface, this little item is a fashion accessory in its own right.

  • Weighs 0.5 ounces
  • Dimensions: 3" x 1.5"
  • 5 oz Brown Double-Tanned Latigo
  • Solid Brass Stud
  • Lifetime Warranty 

 

The Key Fob

This rugged little accessory will keep your keys handy and accessible. Thick bridle leather, solid copper rivet and a solid metal clip finishes out the key fob. 
  • Weighs 2 ounces
  • Dimensions: 5.75" x 1"
  • 10 oz Medium-Brown Harness Leather
  • Black-Coated Hardware
  • Copper Rivets
  • Lifetime Warranty


The Double-Tongue Belt 


Full-grain, American vegetable tanned bridle leather. This belt personifies the Welsh Mtn brand. Quality materials, timeless design, and a story. 

The longer you wear this belt, the more it will take on your own individual story and character. A solid brass, double-tongue buckle and hand-pounded copper rivets finish out this belt.

  • Weighs 8 ounces
  • Dimensions: 1.5" wide, cut to custom length
  • 11-13 oz Buck Brown Harness Leather
  • Gunmetal Double-Tongued Buckle
  • Black Chicago Screws
  • Lifetime Warranty 

 

The Pipe Roll 

The perfect home for your beloved pipe, the Pipe Roll from Welsh Mtn has a compartment for everything your pipe needs. Whether it be cleaners, tobacco, or lighters, this pipe roll has it all.

 

 

Built from American leather with stainless snaps closing the tobacco compartment, this functional piece of artwork will delight for years to come. There is nothing more savory than the smell of leather and pipe tobacco.

  • Weighs 8 ounces
  • Dimensions: Rolled 4" x 7.75" x 2" and Unrolled 15.5" x 7.75"
  • 4-5 oz Brown Double-Tanned Latigo
  • Chrome Snaps
  • Heavy Nylon Thread
  • Lifetime Warranty

 

 

Risks and challenges

Sourcing high quality leather from American tanneries can be difficult at low volume, particularly when it requires custom thicknesses and specifications. The Welsh Mtn Rolltop is built out of a leather that is totally custom, and in order to keep getting this leather made for us we will need to order quite a bit of it!

Also, we would like to hire local craftsman in our workshop in Lancaster, PA as our company expands!

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