Loren and Dorcas Yoder are the owners of Silver Star Leather, located near Shipshewana in the northern Indiana Amish community. I first met Loren in 2006 while selling books in his area, and bumped into him again last summer through a mutual friend.
It was a nice chance to visit with Loren again and see his growing business–like many Amish-owned companies housed in a small workshop sitting a stone’s throw from his front door.
You’ll find Amish craftsmen working in the leather products niche in a number of places. The Yoders’ business is a bit different than most Amish leather shops, however.
In addition to traditional leather belts, wallets and purses, Loren and Dorcas produce goods from exotic leathers including shark, ostrich, python and crocodile.
Where do all these exotic leathers come from? Loren discusses this and much more in today’s business profile on Silver Star Leather (along with dozens of photos of his shop and products).
You might be surprised to find an Amishman working with exotic leathers from around the world. But it’s just another example of the flexibility and creativity you’ll find in some Amish companies. Read more here.
Silver Star Leather
Loren & Dorcas Yoder
Shipshewana, IN 46565
Open: Monday-Saturday 10 AM – 4:30 PM (4:30-8PM by appointment). Closed Sundays.