Rhody Gem: Mack & Hound

February 2021

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What it is:

A leather goods company that specializes in traditional techniques and styles: hand-cut, hand-stitched, simple designs made out of raw materials constructed to last a lifetime.

 

Where to find it:

Along the Woonasquatucket River Corridor on Acorn Street, the workshop and showroom is around the corner from Farm Fresh RI and shares a building with other arts businesses.

 

What makes it a Rhody Gem?

While the pandemic delayed the shop’s opening, it also gave owner Ryan O’Keefe the opportunity to turn the showroom into an intimate, personalized experience with an eight-foot solid wood workbench in the center where by-appointment customers can see the process of making leather goods. All varieties of wares are also displayed, including wallets, made-to-order belts, bags, jewelry, and home and office accessories, along with some one-of-a-kind versions made out of unique color batches or marble painted leather. O’Keefe, a Rhode Island native who shows his state love in pieces named after landmarks, enjoys being able to foster connections with customers and hearing stories about how pieces have aged. “That’s the cool thing about leather and what we do,” he explains. “It’s built to last forever, but each piece ages and patinas in its own unique way so that no two goods will ever look exactly alike once it leaves the store.”

Mack & Hound • 23 Acorn St, Unit 1A • @mackandhound

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