March 28, 2012

News & Opinion: The Milwaukee Leatherworker

By: Dylan Schleicher @ 9:05 PM – Filed under: Biography & Narrative

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.

About Dylan Schleicher

Dylan Schleicher has been a part of the 800-CEO-READ claque since 2003. Even though he's stayed on at the company, he has not stayed put. After beginning in shipping & receiving, he joined customer service and accounting before moving into his current, highly elliptical orbit of duties overseeing the ChangeThis and In the Books websites, the company's annual review of books and in-house design. He lives with his wife and two children in the Washington Heights neighborhood on Milwaukee's West Side.