Timeless quality, made by hand.

Emily at the Blackburn Goods leather shop.

"I started Blackburn Goods in 2007 because I simply couldn't find a quality handbag that on market that reflected my personal style. I would buy a handbag whose label read "Genuine Leather" and 3 months later the bag would be falling apart: zippers jammed, threads unravelled, or the strap wore out. It was so frustrating.  At Blackburn Goods, we commit to making our goods from quality materials, after all isn't that what makes them beautiful?  Blackburn Goods combines the quality of handmade with a classic yet modern style. The result is a beautiful product with will last for years to come. 
American made has also been an element very close to my heart. I believe that American's would prefer to buy American Made goods and expect the quality to be there. At Blackburn Goods I strive to deliver the quality and integrity that the 'American Made' heritage stands for. "
- Emily

Beginings

Blackburn Goods founder Emily Blackburn was raised in rural Claremore, Oklahoma where she learned to make almost every purse she wore. Her parents taught her to ask questions, to be curious and that there are solutions to every problem. This perspective fueled her desire to create and as a result she learned to turn her ideas into real and useful leather goods.  

For Emily, creating leather goods is an intimate process. Before cutting into the leather, she thinks about the design and works out a complete pattern from margins to lining, even hardware. Once she’s ready to cut a pattern, she examines the hides to determine the most flawless sections and then arranges the pattern accordingly. She does all this completely by hand; drawing from her years of knowledge, giving intuition to each pattern, cut, and seam. 

 

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After years of practice, Emily has found that a clean design allows beautiful materials to be the center of attention.  Her inspiration comes from mid-century modern furniture and the architectural elements of bungalow style homes. Even when she started small with wallets back in 2007, she always matched her love of raw materials with a curiosity to innovate.

Today, she is growing at every turn and is excited to share with you the things she has planned for the coming years. 

Click here to learn more about the story of Emily Hooker, Blackburn Goods from KJRH 2 in Tulsa, Ok.  And check out Emily's interview with What's Happening Tulsa on Your Morning Joe.