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Outlaw Leathers

Custom boot & tack, western apparel store reminiscent of days gone by


November 10, 2017

J.P. Louvar holds a handmade horsehair bridle at his new Ekalaka shop.

John P. Louvar, or J.P. as most know him, first started dabbling in leatherwork around 2006. "I just started making reigns," he said, "and I tooled a belt for myself."

Now, 11 years later, Louvar is turning that hobby into a business. Outlaw Leathers, a custom boot & tack and western apparel store recently opened on Main Street in Ekalaka. The business is located inside what used to be RB's Home Cooking.

Over the years, Louvar has done quite a bit of leatherwork for family and friends, but it was an accident that happened on his 40th birthday that led to starting the business.

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