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One of the first pair of half-chaps he made was for JACQUELINE KENNEDY ONASSIS. For her he made “everything from riding boots to belts and bags.” Pinnell adds, “She was so lovely to work with, and ALWAYS GRACIOUS. She’d just pop in unannounced AND WITHOUT PRETENSE. Just a lovely person.” Pinnell found his niche in the art department; and by the end of high school, he was taking three art classes a day. He wanted to be a shoemaker and initially headed to Colorado to pursue that passion. However, remembering his high school art teacher had once suggested he go to Colonial Williamsburg, he made the move. There he learned to make harnesses, “and that’s what got me on the saddle end of things.” Chuck smiles as he picks up his fid (seen on pg 71), a scribing tool used to mark leather. It is embellished with a carved fish, and he shares that it has been in his pocket for nearly 40 years. It is a treasured gift, handmade for him by the harness maker he apprenticed with at

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Colonial Williamsburg early in his career. Pinnell came to Albemarle County in 1994, opening his first store in Charlottesville next to the C&O restaurant (in the space that is now their kitchen) before moving into the countryside just outside Crozet in 1998. In his charming studio at the base of the mountains with a porch facing the stunning view, Pinnell has created a fitting setting for his sought after creations. “The lifestyle is why I’m here,” he remarks. Pinnell lives an admirable life, honing an unparalleled level of craftsmanship and artistry. The output of Pinnell Custom Leather fills the niche of true luxury, with its unique, precise and beautiful items. ~

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