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What Our Customers Say…

Every day, we receive notes from our customers telling us how they feel about our products, customer service, and our company in general. Here is just one of the many we’d like to share:

Dear Col Littleton,

I wanted to take a moment and let you know about a mishap that I had with one of your products and commend you on the durability of your workmanship.  

I work for XXX at our XXX, GA, North America demo site and customer center.  We maintain an active construction site year round to train dealers, customers and perform demonstrations of our heavy equipment.  

In the spring of 2019, I got home and realized that I had misplaced my Col. Littleton Alligator Front Pocket Wallet with Flap and looked everywhere for it.  It dawned on me that I had to take some keys out of my pocket during a customer demo that day and that it must have fallen out.  I searched for days thinking that it would show up but to no avail.  

Fast forward about 9 months and someone came up to me and asked if I had lost anything – they proceeded to hand me the wallet which they found buried in about 4’ of mud and rocks.  The wallet was still intact with all of its contents even though it was covered in mud and had obviously been run over by a bulldozer many times.  

I have attached a couple of pictures of the cleaned up wallet and while it is obviously beyond repair, I thought you would be glad to know that not a stitch is missing.  I have been using my backup Col Littleton Buffalo Front Pocket Wallet until I can save up to replace the alligator one that I loved.  

Please keep up the good work, you and your team should be very proud of the amazing designs and workmanship that you continue to produce.

Michael N. in Georgia

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Get “Hooked” on Colonel Belts

Find the perfect belt for you or choose one for someone special. Our unique adjusting features allows the belt to increase or decrease 8-inches along the side. Need help selecting a size? Scroll down to see our Belt Size Chart and fit guidelines.

No. 1 Leather Belt – (Available in Sizes: Small, Large, XLarge)

 

No. 2 Ranger Belt (Available in Sizes: Large, XLarge)

No. 4 Leather Belt (Available in Sizes: Large, XLarge)

No. 5 Cinch Belt (Available in Sizes: Small, Large, XLarge)

No. 10 Big and Tall Belt (Available in Size: XXLarge)

Belt Size Chart

Belt Fit Guide

  • Our belts are sized based on the exact inside circumference of the belt when buckled in the front, center position.
  • Measure your waist circumference and compare to our sizes to determine fit.
  • In addition to the front buckle position options, our unique side adjusting feature allows for 8-inches of adjustment in 1-inch increments. A size Large fits waist sizes from 34-inches to 42-inches.
  • If you are between sizes, for example, a 33-inch waist, we recommend going up a size and selecting the large belt. Our belts compare to your waist size closer than pant size since pant sizing varies by manufacturer.

10 Reasons To Tell Your Wife Why You Bought A New Col. Littleton Bag

  1. I was on the internet looking at a new car and I bought this bag instead. I saved us $60,000 dollars!

  2. I just thought you would have wanted me to.

  3. I just felt out of my comfort zone without it.

  4. I had an out-of-body experience.

  5. The guys at work said I deserved it.

  6. It’s a long-term investment.

  7. To reward myself for being such a great husband.

  8. The health department condemned my old one.

  9. My therapist recommended it for my self image.

  10. I needed it to go with my new look on that Harley I’m saving up for.

 

Feel free to use these “reasons” for any other things you need to buy.

 

    

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Introducing…The Traveler

The Traveler – Leather Tumbler Sleeve

Patent Pending

(for Yeti Rambler® 20 oz. and 30 oz.)

The Traveler-Leather Tumbler Sleeve header

Col. Littleton - No. 20 & No. 30 Traveler

“Being a leather aficionado, I’m partial to the look and feel of our new sleeve. Since I carry my Yeti Rambler® everywhere I go, I designed the handy sleeve not only for aesthetics but with a carry strap for no-spill convenience. When I’m heading out in the morning, I’m usually on the phone while trying to juggle my beverage tumbler, leather briefcase, keys, umbrella, product samples, etc. Now, I can finally make it to my destination without spilling my drink all over everything.  You can literally carry your tumbler with one finger, keeping it upright.

“I have personally road-tested our leather tumbler sleeve for almost a year as have many members of the Col. Littleton team. We have pronounced it good to go and can assure, by personal experience, that you’ll get noticed when you carry it. There’s nothing like it out there.”

Great for everyday living . . . carry it to the office, meetings, beach, golf course, sporting events, concerts, road trips . . . just hook it over your finger and charge ahead. Comes in two sizes. May be personalized with three block initials. Handcrafted in our Workshop – Lynnville, TN USA.

(Stainless steel cup not included with purchase.)
Also fits Ozark Trail® 20 and 30 oz. Tumblers.

The Traveler-Leather Tumbler Sleeve-Lifestyles

 

 

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The Colonel on Belts

“Great leather belts aren’t made by accident. I use the highest quality materials and make them right here in the USA.”

“The biggest belt/buckle question that ever came to mind years ago before I was The Colonel and in the leather goods business was…’Is it buckle or buckel?’ My wife always said, ‘Of course, it’s buckle’…to which I would invariably reply ‘Then why is it nickel instead of nickle?’ She would mumble something about long vowel vs. short vowel sounds, but I was already thinking ‘Gotcha.’ Guess I will never completely understand the English language or why my wife knows stuff like that.”

“However, I do know about belts. Many years ago I designed and received a patent on my belts with their unique adjusting feature. Our collection features belts made by the leathersmiths in our workshop in Lynnville, TN of fine quality materials such as Italian Bridle Leather, American Buffalo and American Alligator. I design them all with a casual attitude and a nod to the military and sportsman’s tradition to be worn with khakis and jeans.”

“Kudos to The Art Of Manliness for the exceptional blog on belts. The blogger also mentions the wearing of suspenders. It just so happens that I make suspenders, too. He is correct in saying that most people consider it a faux pas of the nth degree to wear a belt and suspenders at the same time. But, occasionally I just take my cue from John Wayne in Stagecoach and Tom Selleck in Quigley Down Under (two of my favorites) and do it anyway…just because I want to.” -- Colonel Littleton

Learn more about what makes a great belt: https://www.artofmanliness.com/2018/02/14/complete-guide-mens-belts/

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Col. Littleton Cinch Belt Buckle

“Age Is A Beautiful Thing”

 Growing old gracefully is a beautiful thing . . . in people and in well-tanned, well-made leather goods. The No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase was the first all-leather bag in the Col. Littleton line, making its debut in our 2002 catalog.

Brass Plate Colonels Saddlebag Briefcase

My personal No. 1 Saddlebag Briefcase (pictured above) is dated 6/25/01; and I’ve carried it, for the most part, every day since then. Would I trade it for a new one . . . no way. I love its patina and the way it looks and feels. You would have to see and touch it to know what I mean.

They say most people don’t become really interesting until they have some age on them, and I draw a parallel with this bag. A new Saddlebag Briefcase is going to be beautiful because of what it is and what it’s made of; but, to me, it becomes more interesting as the years go by. It develops character and a quiet beauty. It has a story to tell – the places it’s been – the things it’s seen in its well-traveled life. Its spots and scrapes and scratches tell you it has weathered a lot of storms and has come out virtually unscathed. There’s wisdom there and depth of character. There’s resilience and strength and spirit; and yet there’s a comfortable feel . . . like being with an old friend. People will spot it when you’re walking through the airport. You can’t hide it – its well-aged persona stands out in a crowd.

Serial No. 004 Colonels Saddlebag Briefcase

To be beautiful in its old age, it had to start out being made in the right way of the right stuff. It’s all about the process. When you buy Col. Littleton leather goods, like the Saddlebag Briefcase, you’re buying full-grain American vegetable-tanned steer hide that has received a minimum of alteration. The beauty is in the naturalness of the leather. We don’t apply a finish to hide character markings – any natural texturing or leather markings are part of the plan. Leather in its natural state is not static – it breathes and has life and is pliable if you don’t process the life out of it. It changes and evolves over the years, developing that wonderful patina that gives you the rich, lived-in look of antique leather goods.

 

Back View Colonels Saddlebag Briefcase

How do I get one like it? I’m sorry, but you’re going to have to start with a new Saddlebag Briefcase and haul it around for a while like I did. I can tell you, it’s worth the wait.

Find the perfect briefcase to last a lifetime.

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Colonel Celebrates with a Special Product Release

THROWBACK THIRTY

2017 is our 30th year in business, but I haven’t always been proprietor of The Great American Leather Company. Those of you who are familiar with the Col. Littleton story know that the first thing I sold under the Col. Littleton brand was vintage cuff links and accessories.

To celebrate our 30th year in business, I’m going right back where we started from by pulling a substantial selection of vintage and vintage-inspired (I designed some myself) cuff links, tie bars and formal sets from my private stock and making them available for purchase . . . just like in 1987.

I have always loved things with history, and the pre-owned vintage items that are part of this special offering have some history. They go back in time to the Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods right on down to the Mid-Century Modern era. When I wear vintage jewelry pieces, I always think about the time in which they were worn and the people who wore them. That makes them special to me.

Fashion has been all over the place in my lifetime, and some of it has not been pretty. No matter what’s the current trend, there are always those who transcend fashion and have a sense of personal style and elegance. These vintage cuff links were worn through the years by likeminded people, and I think it’s great that people in our time can put them back on and continue the tradition.

As I like to say, “Fashion comes and goes, but elegance is always in style.”

 

THIS SPECIAL OFFERING COVERS THREE CATEGORIES

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Vintage Cuff Links

I’ve always admired cuff links and consider them to be perhaps the most elegant of wardrobe accessories. In fact, I liked them so much I started the Col. Littleton Company selling vintage cuff links to upscale men’s stores on the east coast, west coast, in the south and in many other areas of the United States.

Cuff links have been around in some form since the 1600s, but only became popular in the mid-1800s. Prior to that time men, for the most part, didn’t wear jewelry; but cuff links became acceptable and fashionable for men in Britain and the United States due, in part, to the influence of British royalty and the aristocracy.

Although cuff links tend to go up and down in popularity on today’s fashion trend scale, there are many men who always have and always will wear cuff links no matter what the current trend. If you like cuff links, you’re in good company. They have been worn by giants of industry such as John D. Rockefeller, legends of the glamour days of Hollywood such as Clark Gable and Fred Astaire and they are a mainstay in the wardrobe of the well-dressed traditional business and professional man the world over.

I’ve chosen vintage cuff links from a variety of styles and time periods for this special offering. Maybe you’ll see a pair that speaks to you.

CLICK TO SHOP COLONEL-STYLED CUFF LINKS

In the late 1990s I designed a line of cuff links and formal sets from old cuff link dies that were used to make jewelry in the first quarter of the 20th Century and had them made in the northeastern United States. I always loved the romance and style of the Art Deco period and the jewelry of that time. My favorites were enameled cuff links; however vintage ones in good shape were hard to find. So, I made my own and sold them for several years. I’ve pulled a number of pairs from my collection and am making them available as long as they last.

These are approximately 20-year-old, never-worn links that are vintage in style, character and feel. They are enamel with either gold plated, silver plated or sterling silver trim.

CLICK TO SHOP VINTAGE TIE BARS

If I’m wearing a necktie, you can pretty much be sure I’m wearing a tie bar. Not only does it add a touch of class; but it’s downright practical if you don’t want your necktie blowing in the wind or landing in your dinner. Having your necktie firmly fastened to your shirt eliminates a lot of unsightly problems.

Over the years tie bars have grown wider or narrower with the width of neckties in the world of fashion. If you’re bothered by fashion faux pas, wearing a tie bar wider than your necktie is probably one of them . . . kind of like overshooting the runway I guess, though definitely not as dangerous.

I’m making 25 or so vintage tie bars from my Private Stock Collection available to Col. Littleton customers. These range in age from the Art Deco era (1920s and 1930s) to the Mid-Century Modern era (1940s – 1960s) and in style from very dressy to more casual. You’ll find an assortment of widths, materials and designers in the selection. These are pre-owned tie bars; and I think, very special. Take a look and see what you think.

Colonel’s Customer Letters June 2017

Colonel Reading Customer Letters

I want to hear from YOU. Send me your letters and pictures. – Colonel

Email us at [email protected]

Or,

Mail to Colonel Littleton, 755 Abernathy Rd, Lynnville, TN 38472

Feel free to include a picture of your product, too.  (Even better if you’re in it!)

Colonel’s Thoughts on the Value of a Pocket Knife

This Father’s Day, create an Heirloom.

Col. Littleton - The Value of A Pocket Knife

 

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I Had a World-Class Dad

Colonel's Thoughts on Father's Day

My Dad (we called him Pap) did a lot of great things, but maybe the best thing he ever did for me was encourage me to do things and learn things.  He never once said, “Well, that’s a crazy idea,” or “Did they get you mixed up at the hospital,” or “You’ll never be able to do that.”

Black and white photo of Colonel's dad, called Pap, holding Colonel as a baby on his knee while standing next to the hood of an old car

My Dad was not a psychologist. He had no higher learning and a limited amount of “lower” learning; however, he excelled in common sense which I think is much more valuable.

I didn’t just wake up one morning as the Colonel.  I took a lot of detours before I found my way there.  My Dad was with me and encouraging me all the way.

Once, when I was young and trying to figure things out, I had the brilliant idea that I needed to get into the hog business.  I was about as likely a candidate for the hog business as I was to be a neurosurgeon and I’m sure he knew that; but he was right there with me.

Now, I didn’t want to be just a farmer with pigs.  I wanted to do it like the agricultural experts said it should be done.  So we got in Pap’s truck and drove 100 miles to get the “registered” Durocs that I insisted on.  He had already helped get the barn ready and put up fencing.

All the way to get the pigs, I kept talking about not wanting to put the pigs in the bare truck bed . . . we needed to stop and get some straw.  See, I was already an expert.

Two young hogs eating, one of them wallowing in a water trough

He kept saying, “Yeah, we’ll get some,” and kept on driving, probably thinking if pigs were happy in mud they’d probably be all right in the truck bed.  We got about three miles from the farm where the pigs were; and, lo and behold, there were three bales of straw in the middle of the road.  “See there, I told you we’d get some,” he said.

I interpreted the straw “find” to be an omen from God that I was on the right path; however, after the new wore off the registered hog business (which was pretty quick) I moved on to something else and my Dad became the accidental and unintentional hog farmer.  I’m sure you Dads out there can relate to that.

Then I wanted to be in the horse-drawn-buggy restoration business; so, I bought one and Dad was with me on that, too . . . most likely on the financial end of it.  Luckily, the buggy business didn’t make it too far down the road (since I was about 100 years too late) and again I moved on.

Black and white photo of Colonel's dad and grandfather standing in a field next to trees        Black and white photo of Colonel's dad standing in a suit and hat at Oak Ridge.

My Dad was a millwright by trade, so I decided I wanted to work on big construction jobs and building dams.  You had to go through an apprenticeship to be a journeyman millwright and have your own tools.  Guess who got me the tools.  He also gave me some good advice.  He said, “When you get there, they’ll put you with three or four older, experienced people.  Don’t go in there acting like you know everything, because they’ll let you know very quickly that you don’t know anything.  If you listen and ask questions and show them you want to learn, they’ll help you out.”  He was right.  I listened and learned a lot before I moved on.

Sepia toned image of a young Colonel Littleton riding in an old jeep with his dad in 1948        Colonel riding in an old jeep with his dad in 2002

When I got my first car, I wanted to tear out the engine and put in a big hot rod engine.  He was all for that, knowing that if I tore it all out and had to figure out how to put it back together, even though I might have some pieces left over I would have the experience and learn something.  I learned because he was an encourager.

Pap and I had a bond that was at least partially cemented by a mutual love of automobiles.  I grew up in the shop with him.  We talked about automobiles nonstop and worked on everything from T-Models to motorcycles.  When he was about 80 he bought, restored and rode a Cushman Scooter, which made the family more than a little nervous.  He was also a carpenter – he personally built the house we lived in from the ground up.  We shared a love for all things mechanical and a natural curiosity about how things work and why.  Whatever design ability I have, I owe to him.

My Dad had a fascination with people.  There was not an ounce of pretense in him . . . he was who he was no matter who he was with.  He was comfortable in his own skin and not one for “putting on airs.”  He loved people and didn’t shy away from talking to anyone.  He would have been just as comfortable striking up a conversation with the President or the Queen of England as he would have been talking to the clerk at the hardware store.  He wouldn’t have changed a thing.

Colonel's dad standing on asphalt holding a blue balloon and wearing a bowtie and carnival barker's hat

He thought experience was the best teacher, and I think he was right.  Somewhere between encouragement and experience, I had a world-class education.  That’s because I had a world-class Father.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all you Dads and Granddads out there.