I’m Tress, a leathersmith. I believe in originality, simple beauty and adventurous creativity.
I grew up in an artistic family in the Sonoran Desert and fell in love with sewing, textiles and working with my hands at a very young age. I learned most of my sewing skills the traditional ways; through my mom and trial/error experimentation. In my spare time throughout my young years, you could find me in front of my mom’s old trusty Singer sewing machine with my imagination running wild as I sewed costumes, clothing and handbags.
It wasn’t until I uprooted to Northwest Montana in 2001 that my love and curiosity of working with leather began. Because of its strength, timelessness and natural beauty it became my new favorite textile to create with. Much of my inspiration comes from time worn western cowboy tack like saddles, gun holsters, boots and saddle bags. Not only do these items seamlessly blend function and simple beauty, they have a story to tell.
I design every item with the intention of creating something that is clean, classic and allows the beauty of the leather to be the focal point.
Every leather hide is hand-selected, cut, stitched and finished by me in my home studio in the mountains of Whitefish, MT. T Bird Leather items are top quality and no two are ever exactly the same.
When I am not in my studio stitching up my latest best idea, I am playing outside. Some of my favorite toys are snowboards, mountain bikes and my shoes.
Other things that set my heart ablaze are crosscountry skiing, snowshoeing, rafting, road trips, live music, dogs, a good hearty handshake, laughing til it hurts, old trucks, admiring other people’s hands, a good hat, dancing with my eyes closed, the moon, the sun, coffee, watching any wild animal in its natural habitat, campfires, warm garden dirt, skirts, tequila, being warm, the smell of rain, my mom’s tacos, a good story, sterling silver, functional clothing, elbow room and the smell of leather.