When I was a kid my father made tabletop items and wall coverings out of hide. I grew up in Texas going to rodeos and old business gatherings where heoffer these beautiful works to private clients.
It was something that was always very enduring to me.
YOU GREW up IN TEXAS BUT LEFT FOR A TIME WHEN YOU WERE A TV EXECUTIVE. WHAT BROUGHT YOU BACK?
I was raised in the Dallas area and attended college at the University of Texas in Austin where wenow based. We started the company in San Francisco but when the business took off, we relocated to Austin and never looked back. If you are going to do something creative with hide, Inot so sure there is a better place to make that happen than deep in the heart of Texas.
ABSOLUTELY. AUSTIN IS SUCH A CREATIVE CITY. WHERE IN TOWN IS YOUR OFFICE AND HOW DO YOU SPEND YOUR WORKDAY?
My studio is on the West side of Austin in a town called Spicewood. Weisolated enough to be focused while still connected to the city and its creative vibe. Most workdays are organized chaos; I engage with designers, manage the team, examine and select leather and oversee new designs, among many other things. We are so blessed to be so busy —we call it hide insanity. I frequently get fresh air (and a little bit of fun) going back and forth between buildings in our complex on our son Jackold scooter.
Our work is uniquely luxurious —but the real ingenuity comes from creating great projects with extraordinary materials with designers worldwide who specify our work. If you appreciate what we do at all, then you appreciate the contributions of the thousands of people who have influenced our collection.
FOR OUR READERS WHO JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH YOUR WORK, WHAT IS A GOOD WAY TO BRING IN ONE PIECE OF YOUR WORK INTO A ROOM?
Many designers will tell you the foundation for a great room starts on the floor. If you make the right selection it changes everything. It doesnhave to be wall to wall, they can be smaller pieces like runners or an entry piece. For those who donneed rjgs we offer upholstery in almost 100 color options, as well as my wife Libbymonogrammed pillows.
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In the end, what we are trying to accomplish is simple —if ithide, itus —no matter where it is used or what it is used for.