Fine leather makers Renee Baum and Joe Chicone, are partners in the studio, and in life. Their process begins on a hillside homestead tucked away in the hills of the Finger Lakes. Joe, who has been in the horse and leather business for 40 years; perfected his craft while working under master saddle makers in Texas horse country. With the addition of Renee's artful eye and deep understanding of textiles and pattern making, the hillside workshop expanded from making beautiful practical items, to include leather handbags, wallets and accessories. Renee and Joe's work is inspired by the saddles and horse tack all around them in the farming community they call home. The pair draw heavily from historic patterns passed down for generations, and the use of solid metal findings in their pieces. Adding one of their pieces to your collection will bring a beautiful balance of rugged craftsmanship and lush fine quality leather.
Renee and Joe believe beautiful, carefully crafted leather goods belong in people's daily lives.
We hope you enjoy our work!