Chester County Entrepreneur Looks to Expand Leather Goods Brand

Lance Mobley
Image via Joseph Mobley.
Lance Mobley started his own leather goods brand after an apprenticeship at a shoe repair shop.

A Coatesville entrepreneur did not expect to find his big break in leather products. But that’s exactly what happened to Lance Mobley, a former visual merchandiser for furniture brands such as Crate & Barrel and Ethan Allen, writes Lisa Dukart for the Philadelphia Business Journal.  

Seven years ago, Mobley took an apprenticeship at Byrum’s Shoe Service in Malvern. It was there that owner Byrum Swiggett taught him leather-working and repairing not only shoes but also designer bags.  

It was a designer bag that caused Mobley to consider perhaps constructing one himself. Soon enough, in 2018, Mobley sold his first bag and Atelier 56 was born.  

His products range from cross body bags to the Murphy travel bag. The products aren’t usually gendered, although some of them are designed with women consumers in mind. 

Mobley is looking to create partnerships with other retailers and take his brand to the next level. He also wants to introduce more products. Mobley values educating consumers on the kind of products they are purchasing.  

“It’s important to me. Maybe it’s important to others, too, that they know that it’s coming from an actual person. And it’s local.” 

His products are locally sourced, the leather hide used to make his attire is based in Pennsylvania.  

Read more about the Coatesville-based leather goods brand on the Philadelphia Business Journal.  

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