Today we’d like to introduce you to David Dyer.
Hi David, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
While growing up, I loved anything made out of leather. This passion continued as I grew up and eventually went to college with a leather satchel as my book bag. Towards the end of my college carrier, I was able to do a study abroad semester where I visited one of the oldest tanneries in the world located in Morocco.
After this semester, I wanted a leather laptop case. Looking and researching, I did not end up wanting to pay for one but rather thought I could make it instead and this birthed my venture into leather good making.
Time continues to go by and I make one little project here and there and eventually people I knew wanted to buy different items from me. With the fact that I loved making the different items, I was able to start the business in the Summer of 2019 right after graduating college.
It all started on the coffee table in my apartment and a tiny closet as my workshop. Slowly the business grew and I was starting to get connected with other local businesses in the Charleston area that wanted leather goods.
The name “Beloved Leather Company” has its origin in my own name David which means Beloved by God. The purpose of the business is to eventually get to the point to teach others the craft and carry out their talents and gifts for God’s glory. Between these two aspects, Beloved Leather Company was born.
Now the business has grown from the little tiny closet to outgrowing a two-car garage. From nothing but a few hand tools to now, 2 sewing machines, a bell skiver (which cuts leather), an industrial laser, and a screen printing machine, a lot has changed over the last three years. The philosophy has always been, that whatever the business makes, the business keeps so no added expenses come from our personal accounts.
Having all of this in place, our goal is to transition to being a full-time leather crafter (currently part-time), that focuses on leather bags and cases. With a rustic and vintage theme, the designs are made to be highly functional while also looking good and last for years to come.
I personally do not have a background in business so it is most certainly a learning venture as I go along.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Overall it has been fairly smooth.
Because this is not a business that we depend on for our income, it has a lot of flexibility as to whether or not orders come in or not. There most certainly are dry spells when orders very slowly trickle in but that is more due to the lack of time I have to focus on the business and help market it.
The biggest struggles have been establishing the single identity of the business, obtaining supplies in the midst of the pandemic, and learning the business admin side of a small business.
Currently, we are in the process of moving, and therefore many logistics go into that aspect as well.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Outside of leather work, I am a pastor. I work at Charleston Southern University as the assistant campus pastor. There I work with college students on a daily basis spurring them in their faith as well as the purpose of their own life.
I believe God has given each and every one specific gift that can be used for his glory to share the gospel and therefore my job is to work with these students to further equip them in their talents/passions or just find out what they are. This is mainly wants I am known for around campus and therefore proud to have relationships with these students so that they can encounter their faith on a daily basis.
I believe what sets me apart is God’s work in my own life that I can then share and teach others. To be able to set the vision for a ministry or a business while at the same time being able to carry it out is a talent that most only have one or the other.
When it comes to my personal business, these aspects follow. BLC is for the purpose of making high-quality leather bags while also investing time and energy in its employees and partners.
We’d love to hear what you think about risk-taking?
I don’t think I have personally taken any major risks but I am not one to shy away from such. I have always been told that I am rather an adventurist and therefore up for a new challenge.
To some extent, a risk taker for otherwise the business would not exist (though there is no risk currently as we are not dependent upon it income-wise). I guess the biggest risk we are facing is the process of moving everything overseas in the very near future. This being business and family and all.
Risks as a whole are merely challenges ahead. The result is always unknown but a guaranteed opportunity to learn and experience a new thing. This is why I love to take adventures!
- Website: https://belovedleatherco.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/belovedleatherco/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/belovedleatherco