How a Small Santa Fe Leathersmith Brand Grows Their Global Online Sales Amid a Pandemic.

What do George W Bush Jr, Kevin Costner and Darren Clarke have in common? They’ve all had Tom Taylor’s handiwork around their waist!? The VanBassador hit Sante Fe, New Mexico and dropped in on a shop that is truly staying local and going global amid COVID. Even though their exotic skins can’t go overseas, they’ve figured out what can and how best to get it there. Even though their in-store sales are down 50%, their sales amidst covid are up 50% online. That may not sound inspiring but they have basically created and optimized their online channel which will only serve them better as they move forward!
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