We didn't start as a leather manufacturing company.
Castello DaVarg wanted a leather belt to replace his 20 year old belt. Knowing what he wanted, he got frustrated with the poor quality belts that were available in the market. In a market full of mass produced artificial leather - most of them made in China- finding a quality leather belt was almost impossible. So, he took it upon himself to make a better quality belt.
As he started exploring, he was captivated by the character and durability of full grain cowhide, the same leather that is used in making timeless western saddles. As he learned more about saddlery, he also came across the stitching technique used to join thick pieces of leather. With the knowledge of basic leather crafting, he merged veg-tan leather with saddle stitching to make his first belt.
Castello continued to work on the leather and saddle stitching for about 8 years. He was not in a hurry: this was more of a hobby that that allowed him to learn and have fun, with no intention to sell anything he made. All his works were handed over to his friends and family. That, however changed when he made a few wallets and gave them to his colleagues at work. They loved the character and durability of leather and urged him to make more.
In 2012, he was decided to start a business out of his passion, and the DaVarg Leather Company was born. Bulk production of leather was established from US tanneries. A small group of artisans in the Dallas area was trained on saddle stitching and leather finishing. Since then, DaVarg shipped to over 34 countries around the world, creating a loyal customer base. Castello still reads every email and review from his customers, taking the feedback as he works on his next designs.