Portrait of an American Craftsman

September 16th, 2012 Interviews


Produced by
Marcus Troy
Filmed by
Donny Colantonio
Directed by
Marcus Troy
Edited by
Donny Colantonio


Marcus Troy takes us with him to Frank Clegg's workshop as they discuss products, craftsmanship and way of life.

All Frank Clegg Leatherworks products are made in my Fall River, Massachusetts, workshop by a highly skilled team who share the pride of creating handmade products of unparalleled quality. We not only produce exceptional products, we also develop and design our goods in-house. Every bag, wallet, and accessory has a story behind it.

We use only the finest leathers, hardware and workmanship, resulting in a collection that can be recognized by even the untrained eye as being of superb quality. We also state with pride that every piece of our collection is designed and made in America. As a proud maker of heirloom-quality goods I have always avoided outsourcing production from our workshop and never allowed overseas production to enter my mind.

"To be better you have to be different."

These turned out to be some of the most important words my father ever told me.

Since childhood, I have always been fascinated with how things are made and love working with my hands. As a young boy, I enjoyed the process of making new things from found objects. The drive to create something original and new has always been part of who I am. Working with leather captured my imagination and soon became a true passion.

After graduating from Babson College with an MBA, my entrepreneurial skills were ripe and I decided to take my hobby and turn it into a business. My goal then, as it continues to be now, is to design and make leather goods of uncompromised design and quality. My great grandfather had been a tanner back in England, so I guess you could say leather is in the blood.

Both of my parents were instrumental in the early years as well. My mother was a talented seamstress and my father set standards in both life and business that I have always tried to maintain. For more than 40 years, this passionate dedication to quality has helped the Frank Clegg brand achieve and maintain a reputation as one of the finest makers of leather goods in the world.

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