Sewing Leather

ABOUT THE SHOP

Chippewa Valley Leatherworks is a small leather shop located in Alpena, Michigan. Specializing in crafting high-quality leather goods and featuring a well-curated collection of vintage clothing and locally-made goods from other artisan makers. 

Chippewa Valley Leatherworks uses USA-made leather, hardware and tools. Each product is cut, assembled and finished by hand, in small batches, in our small workshop. 

"Lead a quiet life and work with your hands."

- 1 Thessalonians 4:11

MEET THE MAKERS

Our Story | Tim & Meg

We grew up together and married in our small northern Michigan hometown of Alpena... we are high school sweethearts!  We have 6 amazing kids and have enjoyed many adventures together during Tim's 22-year career in the Marine Corps.

In 2019, we moved back to our hometown of Alpena and founded a new family adventure: Chippewa Valley Leatherworks. CVL was born from our shared passion for beauty, quality and creating. CVL is dedicated to providing great experiences, in-store and online, and long-lasting, beautiful products. 

- Tim and Meg Allen

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MEET OUR TEAM

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TIM ALLEN

Co-Owner | Leatherworker & Vintage Goods Curator

I began leatherworking as a hobby with just a small bag of tools, a few needles and thread. I love working with my hands. The process of conception to finishing a product is rewarding. 

Vintage clothing has been a passion of mine since my youth. I'm excited to find and offer the superior-quality and durability of well-made, uncommon items to our customers.

MEG ALLEN

Co-Owner | Lead Craftsman

Sewing has been a staple throughout my life, but having always loved the creative process, I explored making using many different materials and processes. Handmade items from natural materials resonate with a tangible quality and presence that a mass-produced item cannot match.


As Tim advanced his leatherworking hobby, I started creating with him. Starting out, we made items for gifts and by-request; so as we grow, seeing each name attached to an order holds a special meaning--this remains very personal to me. 

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VANESSA BOILORE

Retail Sales | Storefront

I love people! I enjoy meeting you and learning just a bit about you while you shop our downtown Alpena store. To help you find that perfect something or be able to help you start the process of creating that perfect item brings me joy and is a really exciting part of my day.

TAMMY SUSEWITZ

Sewist

Seeing beauty in all things, I enjoy giving life back to aged items and repurposing materials. Sewing, mending and repurposing started as a practice of necessity and evolved into an artful, rewarding hobby. 


Slow fashion and hand-crafting from natural materials evokes a sense of satisfaction because each item is unique--that item is your own. In a world of mass production, that is a powerful idea. I'm honored to assist in bringing these products to our customers.

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