I Remember When

Pam Barlow, Copperdot LeatherWhen you are passionate about something long enough, they say it’s in your blood. As long as I can remember I have loved  leather—good saddle leather—and good tack. I guess you could say it’s in my blood.

My background has a mix of architecture, equestrian, and alpine sports. These three passions merged in the mountains of Jackson Hole over a quarter of a century ago.  It is here in Jackson that I assumed my greatest self—“momager” for my two children, family, many four legged animals, and homes to house the menagerie. As I was living life on the move, wearing many hats and juggling the demands of a mountain mom, I found I needed a bag I could count on to ease my plight. It had to be a bag with elegance that could go with me anywhere,  yet practical enough to carry all my survival tools to get me through a normal day of chaos. I also needed a bag that could be as durable as my tack and as supple as my chaps, but not look like a prop from an old west movie.

As they say, “necessity is the mother of invention”. Since I couldn’t find a bag in the marketplace that could live up to my demands, I set up to make my own.  So down in my basement, after everyone was asleep and "momager" was off-duty, the first Copperdot bags were born. I learned some basic skills from watching saddle makers repair my tack over the years. The design evolved with a few basic criteria: high quality, simple, beautiful enough to go anywhere, and posses the ability to become a silent partner who sits on the car seat next to me, freeing my hands up and allowing me to move through my day unencumbered.

Et voila, the perfect leather bag! Around town people saw and liked the first Copperdot bags. Hey Wow! I realized that others sought the perfect leather bag, too. Each bag is still made by hand here in Jackson Hole, one at a time…just like a rich piece of custom saddlery. These handbags are an elegant combination of form, function, and beauty. I use only the finest US grown and tanned leather. The copper rivets and solid brass hardware are the same as used in building the best tack we in the West love and depend on. Pull it all together and you have a distinctive bag built with attention to detail, and exceptional durability. From cowpoke to city slicker, a Copperdot bag will outlive any lifestyle.

Yes, I love good leather—the look, the feel, the smell. I love to design and build things. But even more, I love it when I see a friend with a Copperdot Bag, and it’s all broken in, and has become entirely integrated with her life…She exclaims, “I love my bag”… And it shows! My heart soars!

Let me build a bag for you to love!