“How’s Your Conduct?”
Colonel’s Words of Wisdom
Colonel: “When I was a kid growing up in the country, in a small town, a lot of the older men, when they’d meet a boy, I guess rather than saying, well you know ‘How are you doin’?’ or ‘How are you feelin’?’ or something like that, they’d say, ‘How’s your conduct, son?’ And that just seemed to be something that was kind of a country expression I used to hear. I had kind of forgotten about it, until here in Lynnville one day on the street, a gentleman came by and he said, ‘Colonel, how’s your conduct?’ And it just hit me all over again, and I thought, what a great comment, you know? What a great question that is, or a greeting when you meet somebody. The governor was down here a while back. When I walked out to meet him, the first thing I said to him, I said, ‘Governor, how’s your conduct?’ He said, ‘Well, I guess it’s pretty good, you know?’ I said, ‘”Stellar” is the answer, Governor, gotta say “Stellar!”‘ So that’s kinda neat. So it’s kinda . . . I guess everybody that sees me now, they say ‘Stellar’ or ‘How’s your conduct?’ so it’s kinda become part of what we do.”
“Always Do More”
Colonel’s Words of Wisdom
Colonel: “I want things to be right. I don’t have anywhere for second-rate anything. I’m just not in the second rate business. And I say this even when I go speak to young people or college groups or wherever I go. One thing I always speak on in my subject matter most of the time is I always say: “Always do more than you get paid for.” I don’t care what job it is, I don’t care what you do; you figure out how to do more than you get paid for and you’ll stand out way above the rest ‘cause so few people even do what they get paid for. When you do more than you get paid for, you’re gonna really stand out. If they work for you, it’s not gonna be the first person you let go when time’s get tough. (laughing) You’re gonna be the one that gets promoted, be the one that gets the raise, the one that gets the business. It’s just . . . it’s not, it’s not that difficult.”
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
Shop our collection of wallets HERE.
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.
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
I was on the internet looking at a new car and I bought this bag instead. I saved us $60,000 dollars!
I just thought you would have wanted me to.
I just felt out of my comfort zone without it.
I had an out-of-body experience.
The guys at work said I deserved it.
It’s a long-term investment.
To reward myself for being such a great husband.
The health department condemned my old one.
My therapist recommended it for my self image.
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.
Shop the entire Col. Littleton Business Bag Collection HERE.
The Traveler – Leather Tumbler Sleeve
(for Yeti Rambler® 20 oz. and 30 oz.)
“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 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/
Shop the Colonel’s full line of belts and suspenders
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Colonel Celebrates with a Special Product Release
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
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.
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.
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
I want to hear from YOU. Send me your letters and pictures. – Colonel
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