So.... I had a leather business in 1973-77, as an apprentice first, and then operating a the Leatherworks leather shop in Chapel Hill, NC until '75. Then moving to San Antonio and the great State of Texas where I did shows from Houston to Galveston, from Dallas to Abilene, and many points in-between, and with a retail shop as well. We were knows as Earthwerk. Who knows where that came from. It is where I learned to operate a business, and led me to start my toy invention business many years later.
Back then the legendary Nieman Marcus inquired about carrying my product and I turned them down. My goal was to get my product, whatever that may be, selling around the world. That would come.