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Townsend Leather by Shawn - 2M ago

Once again, Townsend took time this Earth Day to beautify the Townsend campus and all the surrounding areas.  One of the exciting things for Townsend’s near future is our growth into an additional building, lovingly called “The Stitch”.  This building is just a short walk from our current home base and we can get there through a restored and carefully maintained trail, The Rail Trail.  

We took some time as a group to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and then got to work cleaning everything in sight.  Spread across many areas in many directions, some cleaned up the greenery around Townsend, some took the walk to The Stitch and cleaned along the way.  

Earth Day, can be a time for big actions and hearty moments of change.  But it can also be a day to breathe, and look, smell, feel, listen… to truly and deeply appreciate the glory of nature, the beauty of our earth and the beauty of the area right frickin here – where we work!  We loved getting outside, enjoying the beautiful Townsend campus, and enjoying our great mother earth. 

Earth day is always a meaningful day for us and is an important part of the Townsend way. 

Townsend’s Environmental Statement

Townsend is a Proud Member of the USGBC

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We had an absolute delight in spending time with the future.  Townsend participated in Bring Your Child To Work Day and loved having lots of littles (and mediums and bigs) around.  

It was heartwarming to see so many Parents proudly showing off what they do all day to their bright-eyed and excited children.  And seeing them connect with their kids over the craft, team, and fun that is created at Townsend every day.  

We were able to take a big group tour, handing out lots of scrap leather, seeing awesomeness in action, and even enjoying some ice cream all together as a family team.  

These moments of connection – these special and unique moments of connection – connection to family, to work-life, to creating… are moments that express the true joy of being a Townsend Leather Partner. 

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We loooove color, we love spotting trends, we love crafting trends, we love any reason to delve into and explore a color scheme and so we are always eagerly awaiting Pantone’s annual Color of The Year announcement.  It gives us a chance to play and design and develop.  

Pantone chose a standout color as their choice for the year, a world unto itself, conjuring images of the sea and life and bright unknowns, LIVING CORAL, https://www.pantone.com/color-intelligence/color-of-the-year/color-of-the-year-2019

We are excited to showcase some of our beautiful leathers, just in time for Spring, that embodies this coral hue with its golden undertone.
 
In our everyday busy lives, we seek for the calmness and soft edge that this color brings, but with the vibrancy and energy that encourages us to live with optimism and for joyful experiences. We have selected some of our vibrant and saturated leathers that showcase this beautiful color.  Shown below with a couple of coordinating beauties.  
 
Contact us at info@townsendleather.com for your own luxurious, vibrant, calming sample set and see one of these inspired masterpieces with your own eyes and hands.  
 

Or click through our sample lightbox to take a closer look at some Living Coral inspired leathers:

Leather Samples

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Townsend Leather is a Women In Business Focused company and we are proud to celebrate the equal balancing, smart and innovative, change efforts being focused on this year, on International Women’s Day.  

“Women belong in all places where decisions are being made… It shouldn’t be that women are the exception.” – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Townsend is fundamentally built on challenging the status quo, always looking – instead of what is easy and done before, to what is best for our customers and what is best for our people – even if that means working harder to get there.  We take the challenges of pushing the boundaries of leather, production, and culture seriously.  We are heartfelt intent on balance, growth, and innovation for all, especially those that face marginalization and unfair barriers.  

So, this International Women’s Day we celebrate our focus on Women In Business.  

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Established in 1969, Townsend Leather is bursting with excitement and pride at celebrating 50 years of leather crafting.  2019 is a momentous year for us, as we look back over 50 years of experience, stories, and history of leather and all the hands that have built Townsend Leather to what it is today and what it will be tomorrow.   

We are putting a focus this year on “stitching together our past, our future, our history, & our dreams, as we look back on 50 years of leather greatness and look forward to a adding a new building, new capabilities, and as always, building on our endless pursuit of growth and learning.  

Stitching Together Our Past & Our Future: 
Townsend Celebrates It’s 50th Anniversary!!

In 2019, we celebrate our 50th Anniversary as a company. Throughout the year, we will take time to look back at and honor our roots and those from the past who helped us define our company and culture, as well as celebrate our evolution and our team today, and the beautiful product lines of leather and related capabilities that are paving the way for an even more exciting future for us and our customers and suppliers. We have a new building we are expanding into this year that we have nicknamed “The Stitch,” more beautiful products, offerings and services than ever, and an amazingly talented and dedicated team of creative people, inside and outside of our company that we are excited to work with in the goal of collaborating on stunning and innovative interiors using leather. We like the idea of “stitching” because besides it being what our customers do when they sew our leathers into gorgeous upholstered pieces, it reminds us how our work together to achieve something greater than the sum of its parts is what we do each day with such pride.

Thank you to all of you for the part you have played in our 50 years. Whether you are a customer, a supplier or vendor, or a Townsend Partner or representative, you have helped make us the company we are today and we appreciate you on our Golden Anniversary more than ever.

– The Townsend Leather Family

Our gift to Townsend Partners, fans, friends, family, and customers this year is what we are calling our “Designer Toolkit Card Pack”.  50 postcard-sized “tools”, in honor of our 50th year, bundled together for use throughout the year and beyond.  Packs of these cards are currently being spread across the world from our Johnstown, NY headquarters, but if you want to be sure you get your hands on one, contact us at info@townsendleather.com to request your very own “Designer Toolkit”.  

The toolkit comes complete with note pages and calendar cards, things to keep you in-the-know and organized, and some fun bits too.  

The toolkit even includes an opportunity to fold a friend…

Your folded bovine buddy can even become a holder, a shelf, a mini-desk for you… she happily holds your favorite things for you.  

We have been receiving photos from crafty friend-folders all over the world, make sure you share yours with us too!  info@townsendleather.com,
www.instagram.com/townsendleather/,
www.facebook.com/TownsendLeatherCompany/

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Townsend Leather by Shawn - 6M ago

On January 31st 2018, myself (Danielle I., pictured above)and 4 other Partners were chosen to go to a Ted Talk that was being held at FMCC. Some speakers at this Ted Talk spoke of the work that they had done revitalizing their own communities. Others spoke of what they had done to reach out to communities outside of their own. Hearing the perspective and advice from the speakers really sparked the flame inside of me to figure out how myself and Townsend could help also. I have always had a passion for helping others and often wondered what I could do to help the area that I grew up in and felt passionate about. It was not until I had begun my career at Townsend Leather that I had found a place that was incredibly willing to lend a helping hand.

We brought these ideas back to Townsend with us and at the next Ted Talk we explained some ideas that were mentioned at FMCC. A lot of talk began internally at Townsend and so many Partners were excited to get involved with bettering our community. Through talking with our seasoned vets here at Townsend, I found out that 22 years ago, Terry Kucel, along with our Partners, had donated a park to Johnstown. Partners Park was born in 1996. I was the ripe age of 8 years old at that time! When I found out that Townsend had already donated a beautiful park, I was firstly honored to work for such a caring company but second, I was curious to know if this park needed a little love!

Terry Kucel, Sarah Eckler and myself took a drive to the Park one afternoon and noticed that Partners Park did in fact need of some love from our Partners. Once we spread the word of the park, our Partners were excited to hear that we would be doing some cleaning, planting and construction to help revive it again. I had mentioned the park idea to a Partner that had helped bring Partners Park to life 22 years ago, and they were so excited to help this time around as well. That really warmed my heart. I loved seeing his face light up with joy knowing he would have another opportunity to help!

On April 26, 2018 about 20 Partners and myself began phase 1 of the Partners Park Clean Up! Though the weather was still slightly chilly, we put on our hats and gloves and got to work. The 1st phase was cleaning up leaves, garbage and debris from the park. It was amazing to see everyone together, working towards a noble cause. We had a nice lunch in the Park after wards and spoke about what is to come next.

Did you know?

Townsend Leather Partners donated their time to improve and restore a park located in Johnstown, NY almost 22 years ago (in 1996 to be exact).

 

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Year In Blur View Townsend Leather 2018 - YouTube

Our story-filled year was filled with awards, projects, giving, fun, hugs and so so much.  It is impossible to stuff an entire year of memories, moments, stories, creations, love, and joy into one slideshow, but we tried!   Once again, enjoy the video slideshow above, as a super fast snapshot of just a few of the memory-made moments of our 2018, as our 2018 Year in Blurview (photos are in a bit of a random order and certainly not fully representative of all the magical moments we had and experienced in 2018, but is a fun snapshot nonetheless) (see 2017’s year in blurview, here)

Some of the most proud moments we have at Townsend Leather, is when someone else has the chance to notice the things we see and feel here each day.  We take pride in the quality of leather and are so proud when a customer calls to tell us how much they loved it too.  

We take pride in our community, giving back, being present, aiming to be a positive force in the area, and we love when our Partners create great meaningful things, like restoring local parks. 

Partners Park

http://www.leaderherald.com/news/local-news/2018/11/businessman-receives-key-to-the-city-of-gloversville/

We are proud of our Partners, the wisdom they have, the care the give, and it is even more pride-inducing when it is coming from our leaders and our President.  We were all proud to see Jared’s words and foresight shared in the Business Journal article: 

https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/news/2018/12/14/industry-roundtable-manufacturing.html 

And of course we take pride in the team that we are, the work we create, the love and care we have for each other, and the type of workplace we’ve built.  So it is especially exciting to have been recognized as the #1 Top Workplace and the Best Place to work! 

https://www.timesunion.com/local/article/1st-Place-Midsize-Employer-Townsend-Leather-12825966.php

https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/news/2018/10/26/the-large-companies-named-as-best-places-to-work.html

And certainly, we are proud of our future, our celebration of 50 years and everything good that is yet to come!

http://www.leaderherald.com/opinion/editorials/2019/01/a-fresh-start-in-2019/

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Townsend Leather by Shawn - 6M ago

For 50 years Townsend has been guided by values. 

By a sense of team, family, grit, and growth and all that encompasses.  This year we build on our long-standing foundational values, to vocalize, embrace, and cement three new values. 

Townsend Partners together have established the list of values seen, valued, and carried by each of us as:

  • TEAMWORK
  • COMMUNICATION
  • INITIATIVE
  • FLEXIBILITY
  • GRIT

After careful consideration and observation, we are proud to grow this list and add 3 new values that our Partners have always recognized in each other and in what makes Townsend great.  We now take the additional celebratory step to formally add them to our Townsend Leather Cornerstone Values list:

  • LEARN
  • CARE
  • OWNERSHIP

We closed 2018 out by looking forward and celebrating the people, moments, ideas, and values that make Townsend amazing.  This marked a significant moment in Townsend’s history to turn our attention to Partners that embody these values and could help crystalize what they mean to Townsend for all of us. 

Larissa introduced the new Townsend value of LEARN to the team, brining it to life through examples and explanation giving us a definition to incorporate and build upon:

LEARN

An openness to new experiences, experiments, and ideas with willingness to embrace failure, try again, and spread knowledge. 

Ian put the idea of OWNERSHIP into our bodies, where we could viscerally feel the sense of urgency and importance this pinnacle value means, has meant, and needs to mean to Townsend with a definition of:

OWNERSHIP

Assuming responsibility for each issue, challenge, and opportunity to ensure the success and fulfillment of all partners.

And in true caring-style, Rebecca, Margaux, Pam, and AJ crafted the idea of care right in our hearts as a team.  Expressing one of the most recognizable Townsend values, with a caring definition:

CARE

Putting Townsend’s values at the heart of all relationships, being mindful of partners, customers, and our work through practicing empathy and generosity. 

50 years of craft and care have led us to this list of recognized and honored Townsend values, our next 50 years will be even better through our attention, growth, and cultivation of these values in ourselves and each other.  We proudly look forward to seeking and celebrating so many moments of values-in-action at Townsend in 2019 and beyond. 

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Townsend has always been at the forefront of technology, but we approach it through the lens of how can it enhance our artisans skills.

We seek out and explore new capabilities, processes, machines, vendors, and technologies with an aim to utilize the precision and efficiency of mechanics in order to augment the hand craft that our people have been perfecting for nearly five centuries.

Being the manufacturer means that not only do we have the luxury of testing, refining, and perfecting process in real-time on-site, but we also get to look outside the industry and gather ideas from all places, then adapt them to fit the needs of leather and our designers.  

Our artisan craftspeople take serious pride in the leathers they create, especially when they get to explore something new.  We welcome the challenge of any design and any dream.  If you can dream it, we can make it.  

This year we are excited to give special highlight to four of our newest and most exciting design capabilities, perfect blends of artisan craftsmanship steeped in history and experience, with state-of-the-art technology.  With that blend of skills and capabilities, we are able to mix up any flavor – create a flavor of dreams, of design, of leather for any taste.

Digital Printing

In love with an image?  A photo? A hand-drawn design?  See it permanently, expertly, and perfectly reproduced in full color right onto the leather – through our Digital Printing process.  

Laser Etching

Ink-free, but a lasting and impactful image.  Engraved with lasers, your image, logo, or design pops against the leather background and retains a natural look and feel with our Laser Etching capability.  

Perforating

Distinctly unique.  Never before has the removal of something made such a design statement, but perfectly punching out pinholes of leather can create a subtle or striking pattern that becomes the perfect compliment to your design.  Our Perforating options are sure to please. 

and Quilting

The newest, in-house capability of ours.  Really ties your design together.  3-Dimensional patterns, stitched right into the leather offer your designs a eye-pleasing tactile experience, crafted with machined precision under the watchful eye of our expert team, our Quilting capability.  

Reach out to your Townsend Leather Rep for more information or to get your hands on samples.  Or see them first-hand at our 2018 NBAA booth where we will have examples of each on display.  

Dig a little deeper into the specs and examples of each on our Resources Page, where you will find helpful PDFs exploring each capability

Townsend Leather at NBAA 2018 Booth #823

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