Saul Gardner always loved the feel and smell of leather, and at the suggestion of his soon-to-be wife, Susan, they took a leathercrafting course at Cooper Union in 1971. He learned how to make a variety of leather items in the course, and he began to sell them in the student union building at Stony Brook University.
In 1972, the newly married couple took a ride to Sugar Loaf, New York and wandered into a little leather shop. Saul told the owner of the shop that he would love to have a store just like his and inquired if the shop owner knew of another town that might be suitable for a similar establishment. He suggested Garrison, New York, a picturesque Hudson River town right across the water from West Point. That same day, they drove to Garrison, found a small shop and rented it for six months. This shop provided the time and space for Saul to learn to make new leather items and set the groundwork for the future.
The business potential they saw in this venture encouraged them to expand the business to a larger location in Englewood, New Jersey, shortly after a traveling stint in Greece during the winter of 1973. As the business grew in this new location, the selection of products expanded beyond items just made in-house, to include a wide variety of luggage and leather goods.
After 6 successful years in Englewood, they decided to take the next step and open a larger store in beautiful downtown Ridgewood during the fall of 1978. The store has since become a staple in the Village of Ridgewood, and has continued to grow and meet the needs of its clientele.
We seek to be environmentally responsible in all aspects of our business. We reuse or recycle all packaging materials, and our business was instrumental in establishing cardboard recycling in downtown Ridgewood. Additionally, we sell a variety of fair trade and environmentally conscious items.
Ridgewood is rich with shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment for day and long-term visitors.
Stroll the many stores in and around The Village of Ridgewood's historic district. From small mom-and-pop boutique stores to large, well-known, national brand name establishments, Ridgewood's commercial district has the "we care about you" feel. The flavor of the downtown is seen in its diversity, selection of high quality merchandise and service.
With over thirty restaurants and specialty food establishments, your palate choices are substantial and varied. Italian, Chinese, Mediterranean, and French are among the many fine cuisines offered. Weather permitting, several restaurants offer al-fresco dining in the warmer months.
Municipal parking lots are located throughout the downtown area. Ridgewood is a walking town with both east and west sections easily accessible. A village green offers respite under decades old trees in the center of downtown Ridgewood. New Jersey Transit offers train as well as bus service to the Village from New York City and other surrounding communities.