In 2014 Flint was born. Our founder was attending Auburn University with an unsure idea of what the future held. In an effort of self discovery, he dropped out of college for a semester, called up some friends who did the the same and they packed up a pickup truck and hit the road headed west. During this time he was dabbling in leather tooling. On the road they sold wallets, keychains and bracelets on street corners all over the US in order to pay for food and gas to get to the next location, which they often flipped a coin to decide on the direction for their next adventure.
This is where the name Flint comes from. Flint being a catalyst of ignition for fire, we hope to ignite the fire of adventure for everyone we come in contact with. No matter how big or small that adventure may feel. Everything is an adventure.
Life is the adventure.
Rafting has played a monumental part in the origin story of Flint. In 2016 our founder had the incredible opportunity to represent the USA on the Whitewater Raft Racing Team at 2 World Championships in Dubia and Japan. Water is a powerful teacher. When you feel prideful it humbles you, when you feel like everything is going your way, it takes you a different direction. There is not one way to get down a river. You must look ahead of you and make a choice on where to go, and even if you make the wrong decision, you better make it the right one, because the river stops for no one. Everyone is equal before a wave. That's life.
The van life
In 2018 we took the show on the road. We transitioned to a fully functioning leather company out of the back of van. The very van you see here. Everything we produced came and went through "Stella" (the mean green machine). Flint Leather Company was living the nomad life and everywhere was our office. Boxes, tools, and stacks of leather in the back (the garage). Printers, shipping labels, and workspace in the front (the living room). We even had a pop up table to throw up outside to work on nice sunny days in the open air.
It was a dream come true.
We have outgrown the van a bit, but we proudly carry our adventurous and humble beginning with us. We want to make sure that everyone knows that life is an adventure. No matter how big or small of an adventure it may feel right now. Everyone is on their own path and no one path is any better or any worse than the other. No one else can walk your path.
Whether you're on the way to your local coffee shop to meet a friend or traveling to far off lands on an epic quest, We strive to help #igniteyouradventure.