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The Milwaukee Leatherworker

MILWAUKEE is an interesting place to live, constantly surprising me with passionate people who make my city the place I want to be.

Today, I'm proud to share a new short film from my good friend Brian Artka about David Mitchell, owner of Mitchell Leather in Milwaukee's Third Ward:

Brian found Mitchell Leather while wandering the Third Ward and decided to go up to the shop and see what they offered. As soon as he saw the leather goods and spoke with David, the owner, he knew he had to make a film.

When you see the film, you can sense David's passion for his work and continuing to produce beautiful and functional Mitchell Briefcases by hand — the same one designed and perfected by his father, many years ago.

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As a creator, I'm excited to see David and Mitchell Leather, still making beautiful heirloom-quality leather objects you'll pass on to your grandkids, a few blocks from my office. This is why I love Milwaukee — having gems like Mitchell Leather appearing in the quiet corners of the city.

I'm just as proud of the high-quality video storytelling Brian is doing, sharing these gems with the world. And by the way, Brian will be helping me with my Sketchnote Handbook video, so I'm doubly excited to share that!

Get in touch with Brian Artka at size43 to have him capture and craft a short film about you or your business.

Reader Comments (4)

Jerry Mitchell was my landlord 30 years ago, he is a great guy and a talented leatherworker. I am glad to see his son walking in his footsteps. Thanks for making this awesome video, it was a joy to watch!! Another hidden Milwaukee treasure.

March 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpiderlady

Very cool. Always amazed at how connected this community can be.

March 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterMike Rohde

Thanks for pointing me to this. The Third Ward is one of my wife's favorite parts of Milwaukee and we enjoy spending time down there when we visit family in the area. So happy to see a passion for the "old crafts" still alive.

March 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob Martens

Thanks for the comment Bob!

March 28, 2012 | Registered CommenterMike Rohde

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