Chuck Pinnell, a self-taught artisan, transforms leather into remarkable works of art.

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Chuck Pinnell, owner of Pinnell Custom Leather, has spent over 40 years perfecting his craft with no plans of slowing down. He discovered his passion while hand-stitching moccasins as an 18-year-old and developed his skills over time apprenticing at a harness company, hand making equestrian supplies in the tradition of 18th-century artisans, and opening a saddle-repair shop in Middleburg, Virginia. Eventually, he moved to Crozet, Virginia, and opened his studio in a fittingly unique, pre-Civil War packing house.

Chuck’s original focus was designing custom-leather items for equestrians such as chaps, half chaps, bags, and belts handcrafted from some of the finest leather from the United States, England, France, Italy, and other worldwide locations. Design, fit, and comfort have always been paramount to each custom item. Pinnell Custom Leather’s expanded product line—some of which showcase hand-forged buckles and subtle gemstone accents—now includes handbags, cuff bracelets, watchbands, and other sporting accessories.