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Our Story

Michael Stricklin and Sarah Stricklin, Owners of Loyal Stricklin in Nashville, TN

Loyal Stricklin is an idea built from nothing. One hide turned to two, two to four, and four to many more.  With a few simple tools, we began our story: one built on hard work, late nights, and too many cups of coffee. We began our journey in Opelika, AL, in the town's old train depot. Later, we moved to an old cotton warehouse down the street , still a few short feet from those train tracks that brought Opelika to life when it was founded. After 4 years of quaint small town life, we decided to uproot and relocate our lives and our business. Our studio is now located in the bustling Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood of Nashville, just a few short minutes south of downtown.  Along the tracks once again, often the train rushes by just outside our studio window, drowning out the sounds of work, reminding us of how far we've come, and how much further we still want to go.

Every purchase helps save lives.

We believe intensely in helping the world not just through saving resources through creating products that last, but from creating a lasting social impact. Loyal Stricklin is dedicated to giving back to our fellow man, by donating 20% of our profit to worthy causes around the world. We believe in programs that fight to combat sex trafficking, modern day slavery, oppression, and improving the quality of life of people around the world. Since we started our giving, we have donated over $7000 to The International Justice Mission, an organization we intensely believe in, which goes into the den of injustice and pulls people literally from slavery, human trafficking, and their oppressors.

Our hope is that Loyal Stricklin is known not just for just quality goods that last, but for creating a legacy that we can all be proud to be a part of. At Loyal Stricklin, we believe in community; the careful selection of materials; thoughtful, simple design; and the beauty in products that age and patina with grace— and are all the better because of it.

Loyal Stricklin is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Michael and Sarah Stricklin with help from our small team of wonderful employees.


All of our products are made in the USA, either at our own studio, or through a careful selection of manufacturing partners whose values and quality of work align with our own. From paying a living wage to quality working conditions, we only partner with manufacturers who value their employees as much as their bottom line. The vast majority of our products are still made in-house by our small team of three people. 


A quality product starts with quality materials. We only use the best American and Italian leathers available from tanneries who are passionate about what they do. Our products are designed to age and patina with grace. Our leathers are primarily comprised of articles from time-tested tanneries such as Horween, Wickett & Craig,  La Conceria Walpier, La Conceria Tempesti, and Rocado SRL. 

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When you support Small Business...
 You're not just buying a wallet, or a candle, or a bag; you're buying into someone's passions, their dream, their livelihood. It's as if you get a glimpse into a part of their day--through their eyes--where they spent hours looking over and shaping the same piece that you now hold in your hands.  That same care and attention will rest loyally in your hands, in your pocket, and in use for years to come. There's a beauty and a warmth to it that just isn't possible with your normal big box store purchase.  
Even if you decide not to purchase from us, we hope that you will purchase with a purpose from makers, from artists, and from average Joe's just chasing their dreams and living life by their own terms.
-Michael Stricklin 
Owner / Loyal Stricklin