A new chapter begins: Meet Mike, the new face of Hab-To Leather House

Change is inevitable, and in the world of business, it often brings exciting opportunities. Today, I'm thrilled to introduce you to the person behind the transformation of Hab-To Leather House: Mike.

In a bustling world of leather craftsmanship, a fresh breeze of change sweeps through Hab-To Leather House. I'm Mike, the one stepping into the limelight as Judy passes the torch. While I've got big shoes to fill, my journey and vision are ready to make waves in the leather industry. Let me take you on a little journey through my past and our future at Hab-To Leather House.

Born and raised in a family deeply rooted in the leather industry, my story is one of tradition, passion, and innovation. The evolution of my family's connection with leather has seen us involved in every facet of the trade – from raw materials to crafting the finest leather products. From an early age, I knew leather was more than just a business, it might be my path in life.

I'd spend my summers heaving leather materials, diving deep into the heart of the production process. Those sweat and toil-filled days gave me a profound understanding of leather, its intricate production chain, and the value of hands-on craftsmanship.

In my pursuit of knowledge and experience, I embarked on a global adventure, traversing continents, from Australia to the United States, South America to Hong Kong. My travels expanded my expertise, honed my vision, and instilled in me the importance of a global perspective in the leather community.

My passion for leather craftsmanship

I didn't want to just inherit a family legacy, I caught the leather bug. Growing up, our home was a hub for leather industry professionals, which fueled my deep passion for leather craftsmanship. My father's South American connections introduced me to the global leather community, where I found kindred spirits who shared my dedication to the craft.

But I didn't stop at watching from the sidelines. I got my hands dirty and immersed myself in labour-intensive work. From lifting hefty raw leather materials to understanding the nitty-gritty of the production process, I left no stone unturned. These formative experiences shaped me into the craftsman I am today. The leather industry became more than a business; it became my canvas for creativity.

Taking business to new horizons

My entrepreneurial spirit was my guiding star as I ventured into the leather industry in South America. I took pride in connecting local artisans with the rich heritage of leather craftsmanship. This pioneering effort ensured artisans had access to the finest materials, hardware, and tools to perfect their craft.

Not one to shy away from challenges, I delved into the complexities of the Argentine government's restrictions on leather exports. This move not only sustained the leather industry but also rekindled the flames of crafting artisanal leather products. It was a full-circle moment that showed me the resilience and passion within the leather community.

The next chapter begins

In 2021, destiny led me back to the Netherlands, where I eagerly embraced the opportunity to continue my family's legacy and open a new chapter for Hab-To Leather House. My focus? Delivering top-quality leather hides and accessories, curating only the finest materials for artisans and businesses alike. With a personalised service.

Embracing tradition and innovation

My journey isn't just about tradition – it's about growth, innovation, and a commitment to quality. My vision for Hab-To Leather House is simple yet profound: provide the finest leather materials and accessories to a global community of crafters and businesses. It's all about striking that balance between the legacy of the old and the embrace of the future in leather craftsmanship.

At Hab-To Leather House, my passion for leather craftsmanship is the bedrock of everything we offer. Our mission is to honour tradition while embracing the future. I invite you to join us on this exciting journey into the heart of leather crafting, where quality and creativity know no bounds. Together, we'll explore new horizons, celebrate the artistry of leather, and craft a future that's as rich as our heritage.