Tooling their way to the top

By Amy Patterson

The leather industry is a tough one. In a world of imitators, finding quality, unique, and skilled makers isn’t easy.

We’ll make it easy – you need look no further than Long X Trading Co.

Owners Justin and Stephanie Rae Alps began their business in December of 2015, when they completed their first pair of custom-tooled Sperry’s shoes. Since then, their repertoire has grown and expanded to include a vast variety of products, including rope bags, Stormy Kromer hat bands, purses, suit jacket lapels, belts, many, many more shoe customizations, and so much more.

Originally from North Dakota, and now living in Arizona – the Alps have certainly been steeped in the cowboy way of life; this translates to the work they produce. Long X’s classic floral designs have a timeless appeal, while their freehand tooling will no doubt pique the interest of the renegades and rebels of our contemporary society. Seamless beveling and beautiful detail work also set set the Alps apart from a sea of mediocrity.

If you find yourself jonesing for an update to your Chuck Taylor high-tops, browsing for an agora-accented belt strap purse, or simply needing a new tooled briefcase for your office work, head straight over to Long X Trading Co., and prepare to be impressed. Check out their website: