The history of Tom Taylor is rooted in the lives of Tom and Jean Taylor–two traveling silversmiths, leather-workers, and equestrians brought to together by their love of horses and love of exceptional craftsmanship. The couple began their journey into the belt and buckle business by showing their personal silver leather-work at trade shows across the country. Eventually, their success inspired the Taylors to set up shop in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Tom Taylor Belts | Buckles | Bags @ 108 E. San Francisco Street. Santa Fe, NM
When Tom Taylor opened its doors in October of 1985, it was in the Historic La Fonda Hotel, just off the Santa Fe plaza. The couple quickly became known for their exceptional silver buckles as well as their knowledge of high-quality leather goods and expertise in custom boot-making. Their approach to Tom Taylor was to provide their customers with work of exceptional quality, but at the same time, to maintain a down-to-earth friendliness. Over time, Tom Taylor became a popular destination spot for tourists visiting Santa Fe.
Sadly, Tom passed away, leaving Jean to make changes to Tom Taylor that would begin to transform the store into what it is today. Unable to sustain the store on her work alone, Jean used her expert knowledge of the industry to connect with the finest silver and leatherworkers in the country. The buckle-line was expanded to include primarily local New Mexico artists and the belt selection now showcased the work of the finest American leather artists. Despite the sudden changes brought about by Tom’s death, the store continued to flourish.
In 2010, Jean retired, leaving the Tom Taylor in the hands of Kim and Philip Spiers. Kim and Philip chose to maintain the integrity of Tom Taylor as custom belt and buckle store—keeping belts and buckles the business’s primary focus. The couple continued to expand upon the range of artists that the store carried; ushering in modern styles that could work for their out-of-state and international customers. They also began searching for high-quality purses and accessories that could stand up to the elevated craftsmanship of their other merchandise. Tom Taylor now carries a distinctive line of purses, jewelry and accessories–handcrafted by the top artisans of the Southwest region.
New owner, Kim Spiers, with Jean Taylor
Though Tom Taylor continues to evolve, what remains constant is a dedication to showcasing unique pieces of exceptional quality. Tom Taylor is committed to carrying merchandise that is predominantly made in the U.S.A, and to supporting our local New Mexico buckle artists. Small details–such as the walls of multi-colored hanging belts and smell of leather–draw shoppers in off the street and make their experience at our store unforgettable. Add to this unique, one-of-a-kind products of the highest quality, and a friendly, knowledgeable, down-to-earth staff, and you have the perfect recipe for an exceptional shopping experience.