1979 Co. has skin in it – Indianapolis Monthly

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1979 Co. has skin in it - Indianapolis Monthly

A new leather goods store shows its “refined grain”.

Yes The hip Irvington hood got some cool points this past June thanks to the arrival of 1979. Leatherworker Nate Olp opened this shop in the oldest commercial building on the historic Eastside in Audubon and Bonna. After selling handmade leather goods from his Woodruff Place apartment through Etsy for a few years, Olp wanted to offer his customers a place where they could feel and see the functionality of his designs.

When you enter the workshop, which doubles as a showroom, you will feel a warm and familiar feeling almost as quickly as the rich leather aroma hits your nostrils. In the center of the floor is an antique round table with hand-sewn wallets and key fobs that anchors the space and guides shoppers through the goods.

The back wall has a kitchenette that Olp hosts when a customer wants to collaborate on a custom design over a cold one out of the mini fridge. Three floor-to-ceiling shelves are filled with bags saturated with hand-mixed dyes to be truly unique, bursting with vibrant color gradients and unique finishes. The leather forecast here: sunny.

Photos by Tony Valainis.