Bikes in Trees started as a collection of photos I compiled while working at Purdue University. Some call it a "tradition", but I see it as a destructive practice. I used these photos as a way to try and capture some beauty from something that was otherwise ugly. At the time, the photos provided me with a creative outlet to counteract the doldrums of an unrewarding job. I eventually moved on from that position, but still felt a need to create something from nothing and began my journey in to leather work. The idea that I'm able to use the byproduct of an industry that many see as ugly and destructive to make something aesthetically pleasing and long lasting resonated with me. The more I thought about it, the more I began to see the connections between what I was trying to do with leather and the photos I had taken over the years. Since I already had the Instagram account for the photos, I decided to transition it to my leather work, the name stuck, and the rest is history.
That's me, David Harmon, in the middle. I'm a lifelong midwesterner with a love for travel, music, art, and family. If I'm not working in the shop, you might find me trying to hop on a plane with the hope of getting lost somewhere I've never been. Bikes in Trees may be a one man operation, but I couldn't do what I do without the love and support of my wife and son. Together they are my sounding board, shop assistant, and occasional product tester. Individually they are both unique and creative humans who inspire me every day.
I strive to create heirloom quality leather goods that can be passed down to the next generation. All of the work I do is done by hand which means that I'm fully vested in each product from start to finish. Every item is sewn by hand with a saddle stitch that will outlast anything done on a machine and I only use high quality, full grain leathers guaranteed to stand the test of time and only look better as they age.
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