March 28, 2012

News & Opinion: The Milwaukee Leatherworker

By: 800-CEO-READ @ 9:05 PM – Filed under: Narrative & Biography

I don't have a book for you today, but a video. From Milwaukee filmmaker Brian Artka, it profiles David Mitchell, the owner of the Mitchell Leather Factory and retail shop on Water Street here in the Third Ward of Milwaukee—just a few blocks away from us.

A part of downtown once known for its factories (the building we're in was once a hosiery manufacturer), David is the last representative of the neighborhood's manufacturing culture. It's a story of family tradition, fine craftsmanship, love of and pride in one's work, and a factory that would no longer be here if not for the efforts of a single individual. When Seth Godin talks of Linchpins, he is talking about men like David Mitchell. If you didn't think manufacturing could be beautiful, well... check this out.

Size43 Presents: Mitchell Leather from size43, LLC on Vimeo.

Hat tip to Mike Rohde, who business book readers might know as the illustrator of Rework, for passing this along.