Handcrafted Goods made in the USA
Waltzing Matilda USA is a brand founded in Pennsylvania specializing in handcrafted leather sandals, bags, and accessories. The company was started unofficially from the back of a VW van with a hammer, a knife and scrap leather. The first Waltzing Matilda USA item ever created was a repurposed piece of shoe leather turned into a sandal. One sandal lead to another and another, made at night and delivered to specialty shops up and down the east coast during the day.
The passion for creating pieces of art from leather came full circle next in the form of a bag. Scrap leather that was traded for beer from the Red Wing Shoe factory in Minnesota was turned into a bag that received a lot of attention through social media. So much attention that many bags were commissioned and the Waltzing Matilda USA company was officially born.
Tom Waits’ version of the song Waltzing Matilda inspired the company’s name, bringing back childhood memories of dad and son listening to the song late at night. The beautiful melody mixed with Waits’ gruff, whiskey-soaked voice to create a piece of art resembles the process of taking old scraps and turning them into a unique, story-telling piece of WM product.
The brand is currently distributed through high-end specialty stores in the US, Apple’s website and our online store. Everything we make is handcrafted in the USA in small micro-factories and meant to last forever. We make a strong effort to use repurposed and recycled materials found during our travels. We don’t compromise. We are creative, adventurous, and humble, and sincerely want to stimulate the senses with our pieces. Every hide is hand-picked and has unique features and marks that add to the character and beauty of each product. We hope you love your new piece of art, and that it travels with you for a long time. Please let it age gracefully.