In 1921, an architect named Benton MacKaye wrote an article arguing that national parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone were magnificent, but wholly cut off from the majority of America’s population, who lived (and still lives) in the East. He hoped building camp grounds along the Appalachian Mountains would create jobs, opportunities and leisure for people who wanted to escape living like “canaries in a cage.”
Highpoint, North Carolina, is sometimes referred to as the “Furniture Capital of the World,” but the town’s expert leather workers are now applying their skills to a completely different type of product: handmade golf club covers.
“There’s no better way to make a quality leather product than to make it right here in North Carolina,” says Charlie Burgwyn, co-founder and president of Stitch. “Every bit – from the cutting to putting on the numbers to the stripes – it’s all handmade, hand-sewn. Details make us different.”
For every man there are a certain category of goods that, depending on his station, are deemed “essentials.” For the businessman, a gray suit. For the handyman, a pair of vise grip pliers. For all of us, a pair of great-fitting jeans.