New Leather Accessories at the DU by Billykirk

5 Mar

We’re excited to get our first assortment of Billykirk goods into the DU!  Hand made in USA, these quality goods are built to last a lifetime.  Here’s an exerpt from a recent article about Billykirk from GQ:

If you ask Chris and Kirk Bray where they’re from, the brothers behind the leather goods and canvas bag label Billykirk will give you a variety of answers. In fact, the fellas were born in Tennessee (and still have family in the Volunteer state), but grew up in Minnesota—meaning that the brothers Bray bring a unique mix of Southern and Midwestern perspectives to their collections (ticking-stripe bags, hand-sewn leather wallets), not to mention their laid-back personalities. After college the older (and more gregarious) brother, Chris, moved to L.A. to be an actor (mostly daytime TV stuff, according to him; the videos have yet to surface on YouTube), with the artsy and more cerebral brother Kirk soon following along.

“It all started with an inch-and-a-quarter-wide watch strap that Kirk and I found in a pawn shop in Santa Monica,” says Chris from his studio in Jersey City. “Kirk would wear it to this coffee-shop job he worked at night, and tons of people would ask him where he got it. Eventually, Kirk came into my office at this real-estate gig I had and we decided we should start making leather watch straps and leather goods.” That was in 1998, and in 1999 Billykirk launched, to great fanfare in the fashion community. Ten years later and the brand is de rigeur for cool shops all over the U.S. and overseas.

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