Tell us the story of how you got started
Moore & Giles story begins in 1933, in Lynchburg, Virginia, during the heart of the Great Depression when a young shoe factory worker at Craddock Terry Shoe Company lost his job. That young man, Donald Graeme Moore, was entrepreneurial and knew enough about shoemaking to launch his own small business selling leather and supplies to the footwear manufacturers of Central Virginia – the remnants of which are the brick factories and warehouses that today cast their long shadows from Richmond to Lynchburg and the Southside. Eighty three years later we are still headquartered in our home of “The Hill City.” Moore & Giles today operates under the same purpose upon which it was founded: to design, develop and deliver the best, most distinctive leather in the world to all manner of makers and manufacturers both domestic and international. In 2007, this tradition evolved we began using our best leathers to create a line of bags and accessories designed to highlight the rare material pedigree through a lifetime of use. Rooted in tradition and history. Functional and made to last. Elevated by the quality of leather.
What are 3 words to describe your brand?
How about 5? We value Kindness, Perseverance, Authenticity, Creativity and Humility.
What do you do when you are not working?
Family, Friends & Travel. In that order and usually together. Travel is the foundation of our business and whether its for work or pleasure, both offer new experiences and places. By car, by train or by plane – we are on the road or rails every week with co workers and family – some of which are both. And at home we love being part of the Lynchburg Community. It’s a cup of coffee downtown at The White Hart, a stroll through the City Market for dinner ingredients or catching a show at The Academy Center.
What is your best selling product?
The Benedict Weekend Bag – by far. And its also our favorite. There’s just something about the large, seamless piece of leather that makes up the body of the bag…it showcases the leather in a way that highlights the natural markings and beautifully unique patina each bag takes on from its owner and their adventures.
Stretch your left arm out as far as you can. What are you touching?
4 million sq. ft. of leather – literally.
Other than your own, what are your favorite brands in your sector?
We have great respect for other makers who celebrate the natural aging process and who share similar values – whether that’s food or fashion. Some brands you will see in our circles are Airstream, Icon 4×4, Faherty Brand, Patron, Shockhoe Denim to name a few
What’s the best piece of advice you have ever been given? Who gave it to you?
Choose well not often.
What have been the hardest parts of getting to where you are now?
Educating people on the value and beauty of real natural leather and how it gets better and better with age.