Bad Mother Leather began on October 10th, 2015 when the owner, Bailey Dee experienced a harsh reminder of his mortality. As he was cruising on his Harley Davidson on a hot autumn day, a car violently slammed into him, sending him across the highway at over 70 mph. Although he suffered a severe road rash and a critically fractured wrist, it was a miracle he survived the crash.
During his long, painful recovery over the subsequent months, he came to be extremely grateful for his close encounter with death. It made him feel more alive than ever. He set out to live as if he was reborn as a new man. Knowing that he may never recover completely and regain the full range of motion in his left hand, he made a promise to himself to do something great if he did indeed make a full recovery. He knew he had been given a second chance at life.
In time, his wrist healed as he pushed through challenging, painful, daily physical therapy, remembering and relying upon the mental strength he had gained as a soldier while serving in the U.S. Army. With the regained use of his left hand, he had to find something great to do with his hands. He couldn’t waste the opportunity given to him.
Bailey also returned to life on “two wheels.” As a motorcycle enthusiast, naturally he already had a love for all things leather. After a trip to a local leathercraft shop, it only made sense that he would take on the task of becoming a skilled craftsman. He relentlessly began learning all he could through books, videos, and other sources of knowledge.
Beginning with his first project, a small coin purse, Bailey realized he had natural talent and a love for the craft. He set out on a mission to turn his passion into a way of life, bringing beautifully handcrafted works of art to the world. He wanted to share his love for leather while breathing new life into the dying trade of the American craftsman.
And so Bad Mother Leather was born…