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further refine his handiwork, which he continued to put to creative use. “Leslie and I started selling these one-off bags on Venice Beach made of leather and other found materials—like chains I would find in the street and fabric from old military garments. I even made one with a chicken wing bone [that served as a clasp].” Leave it to the guy that created handmade bags in lieu of mixed CDs to do something so ingenious. As I smile in wonder, Leslie explains their early unconventional methods. “At that point, we had an idea of what we wanted, but no idea of how to do it.” Not knowing where to find a lot of the materials needed for their bags forced Emil to get inventive. It

“AT THAT POINT, WE HAD AN IDEA OF WHAT WE WANTED, BUT NO IDEA OF HOW TO DO IT." was a critical lesson in problem solving that helped his development as a craftsman. But his most formative period awaited him “back in Tennessee,” he tells me. Emil and Leslie stayed in California for only a year, before relocating to Nashville, where Emil got a job doing interior work for a different sort of luxury vehicle—custom tour buses. He shakes his head a little and smiles as he recalls the experience. “I worked for this company that built tour buses, really opulent tour buses. They were for country music stars, for the most part.” What that meant was a lot of rhinestone. And coat racks made out of revolvers. “They covered everything in leather, even cabinets! But it was a great ex-

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Profile for Native

Native | February 2013 | Nashville, TN  

Featuring Nashville's Justin Townes Earle, Karoake Cab, Kangaroo Press, Poetry Sucks, Odessa Rose, The Stone Fox, No. 308, Chucklet and Hone...

Native | February 2013 | Nashville, TN  

Featuring Nashville's Justin Townes Earle, Karoake Cab, Kangaroo Press, Poetry Sucks, Odessa Rose, The Stone Fox, No. 308, Chucklet and Hone...