Midwest Living Review
Roy Wengerd started his leather business in his basement in the 1990s. Today, R.W. Leather fills a large steel building that houses his workshop and sales area. Separated from the sales area only by a long counter, Wengerd's workbenches and tools are clearly visible to customers. Wengerd buys his leather from a tannery in Pennsylvania and uses environmentally friendly vegetable dyes. He crafts his leather goods using old-style, hand- and air-powered tools, some of which are 100 years old. Belts for men, women and children are his specialty, but he also makes purses, wallets, money belts, cell phone and eyeglass cases and key fobs. The quality, embossed leatherwork is unbelievably inexpensive: shoulder bags start at just $30 while men's heavy-duty work belts start at just $20.