The Leather Creations Team is an extraordinary combination of the most experienced master artists in the USA and Europe. Each one of us has many years of experience in our particular fields of artistry. Allow me to introduce the Team :
Lily Gonzales is the proud owner of the company. Born and raised in Africa, Lily has always been a globe trotter and had the good fortune to live on 3 different continents and visit a great part of the rest of the world. Throughout her travels, Lily has observed the desperate plight of dogs the world over. Over 70% of dogs everywhere live as scavengers in the midst of wars, hunger, sickness, abandonment and torture. This is the sad reality of how Man treats his best friend.
When Lily met Johnny, her husband and dog trainer of many years, a dream became reality. Lily could leave behind her background as a Geologist and focus on her favorite topic: dogs. Soaking up her husband’s knowledge of dog behavior and his skills as an accomplished leather smith, Lily soon became the spearhead of the revolution in Leather Creations. New designs were implemented and innovative products were created to make dogs’ lives better.
Lily’s main drive today is to do something positive for the canine community over the globe. Through education, example and research and development Leather Creations for Dogs, Inc has moved to the forefront of providing dog owners and their dogs with the most beautiful and functional leather dog wear in the world. Not only is Lily proud to stand behind the products 100%, but as a service to the dogs, the education of owners on how to apply the products correctly is of paramount importance.
The development of correctly fitting dog muzzles has reached top priority in this company. Lily has studied dog profiles and behavioral problems for years to be able to provide a perfect muzzle for any dog. Each problem and each dog is addressed individually to manufacture a muzzle that will work. Period.
Lily is always available for consulting. Whatever your need or want, Lily can help you to get the best solution and the best product.
Edgar Rios came to Leather Creations just two and a half years ago as an apprentice. This shy little gentleman started out by playing around with the leather in the studio and asking many questions. Today, Edgar is the very heart of the manufacturing division of Leather Creations. Most of the custom made collars, muzzles, harnesses and leashes are created by his very able hands.
Edgar is a perfectionist and takes great pride in his work. Any product you receive that is made by him will show you how much love and caring he devotes to his craft. He really “feels the leather” in his soul. Not many people working with leather today can say this – it is an extremely rare quality.
He has also learned how to build a product with the necessary characteristics to solve a particular dog problem. His dog muzzles are unsurpassed in quality and strength.
This student has surpassed his teacher in a very short time, and we hope to have him with us for many years to come.
Louise Hengehold lives in Kentucky and is a Master leather carver of 40 years experience. Louise has been chosen to hand carve one-of-a-kind leather belts by numerous members of professional rodeo associations all over the USA. She prides herself on the fact that her carving is all done by hand, never by machine. Each product is lovingly tooled on the best vegetable tanned leather available, in any style or pattern you require. Louise has been a good friend of Leather Creations for many, many years and has graced our company with her superb knowledge and skill as a Master leather carver.
Monika Robaczewski lives in Poland and specializes in manufacturing dog muzzles. Her father, Zdzisław Robaczewski started making dog muzzles in the 60s on wooden dog heads, using old dog books to perfect the fit. After many years of martial law in Poland, Zdzislaw created his own private company in Gdańsk and continued to teach his children the craft of making dog muzzles by hand.
Today his daughter Monika and son Mariusz own and run the company. Their muzzles are highly sought after all over Europe, because it is simply the best fitting muzzles in existence.
Leather Creations for Dogs, Inc are honored to distribute their dog muzzles all over the world. With our ongoing search for the most comfortable and functional muzzle, the partnership with Monika is a match made in heaven. Over 40 years of experience in the development of hand made leather dog muzzles is not to be sneezed at!
Tony Madeira lives in Orlando, Florida and is originally from Brazil. Tony has over 46 years experience in braiding horse tack and whips. As a child, his father taught him the patience and skills he needed to become one of the finest leather braiders in the USA today. Leather braiding is sadly a dying art and Tony remains as an icon among the famed whip makers of our time.
His intricate woven designs are commisioned every year for the Tampa Bay Pirates Festival and numerous flag poles covered by his braiding, graces banks throughout Central Florida. His most treasured posession is a personal letter from President Bush congratulating him on his craftsmanship!
But Tony’s work speaks for itself. He is the designer of one of our most sought after lines of fine braided kangaroo leather – the “El Maestro” leash and lanyard. And el Maestro he is! Thank you Tony for your incredible work.