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Quillin Leather Quillin Leather & Tack is the nation’s largest " Custom Leather Shop” Ralph Quillin runs the nation’s largest " Custom Leather Shop” … in Paris Kentucky.

The Quillin craftsmen and women make OVER 17,000 halters a year in the Main Street Stores

Quillin Leather & Tack moved to Main Street in Paris, KY in 1982. We're a full service tack and leather goods shop and one of the largest "Custom Shops" in the nation and hand crafts over 17,000 halters a year. With only a few exceptions, every leather item they sell is made in their Main Street workroom by

The Quillin craftsmen and women make OVER 17,000 halters a year in the Main Street Stores

Quillin Leather & Tack moved to Main Street in Paris, KY in 1982. We're a full service tack and leather goods shop and one of the largest "Custom Shops" in the nation and hand crafts over 17,000 halters a year. With only a few exceptions, every leather item they sell is made in their Main Street workroom by

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Quillin Halters - Built to last in our Paris KY, Main Street ShopsOur classic sale halter comes with a heavy single ply ...
01/03/2023

Quillin Halters - Built to last in our Paris KY, Main Street Shops

Our classic sale halter comes with a heavy single ply noseband, triple stitched cheeks, rolled throat, double buckle crown and adjustable chin strap. Handmade with heavy selected English finished leather and solid brass hardware. Add a custom engraved plate in Roman text on mare and yearling halters or block text two line breeding plates for the finishing touch. Also available as an option - easy on and off throat snap

https://www.quillin.com/copy-of-sale-yearling-halter.html

Michelle, 5 Stars "I will only buy leather halters from Quillin! Love the quality and fit!"

Our standard track halter features a double buckle lined crown, heavy triple stitched nose, English (stationary) chin, r...
01/02/2023

Our standard track halter features a double buckle lined crown, heavy triple stitched nose, English (stationary) chin, rolled throat and triple stitched construction.

1 1⁄8 inch extra heavy domestic English bridle leather and solid brass hardware, makes our halters a favorite at the track. As with all of our handmade halters add an Engraved Name Plate in sans serif. Brown and brass or black and silver

https://www.quillin.com/track-halter-regular-track-2-3-yr-old.html

Gail 5 stars - "Love Quillin products. Constructed well and holds up to anything."

Forty years ago, a former Lexington paramedic decided he was going to try his hand at leather work. Now he runs a leathe...
01/02/2023
40 years after opening leather shop, ex-Lexington paramedic boasts champion clientele

Forty years ago, a former Lexington paramedic decided he was going to try his hand at leather work. Now he runs a leather shop that has served Triple Crown winner Secretariat, and brings in customers from as far away as Dubai, Australia and France. Quillin Leather & Tack opened in 1982 in a two-story wood framed house that was converted into the workshop-office-showroom hybrid that it is today.

The company was founded by Ralph Quillin, a Lexington native and former paramedic with the Lexington Fire Department whose interest in custom leather goods began as a side hobby.

The first thing Quillin made was a leather belt. Everything Quillin knows about customized leather goods was self-taught, so when he bought a farm and moved in Bourbon County, he thought he could give customized horse halters a stab. A halter is a piece of headgear used to hold, lead and tie up an assortment of animals, including horses. Key tags, belts, dog collars and horse halters are some of the custom products offered by Quillin Leather & Tack.

Horse halters are the company’s featured item, as they’ve made halters for premier stallions in the horse racing industry, including Flightline, who won the 2022 Breeder’s Cup. Other former customers include Secretariat, the winner of the 1973 Triple Crown, and Storm Cat, a successful racehorse and sire whose stud fee once reached $500,000, one of the highest fees at the time.

HOW A HORSE HALTER IS MADE Quillin said it takes 156 steps to make a halter. There are also 150 variations of sizes, colors and styles that could go into a halter, which makes Quillin’s halters even more special. “If things go smoothly, the two halter makers that are down there can probably produce 75 to 85 halters a day,” Quillin said. The halter making process starts with the shipment of 25-square-foot leather sheets from a distributor in Louisville called Thoroughbred Leather.

Quillin Leather & Tack has a machine that will cut the leather into straps, then the straps are cut and altered to make them the proper size for a halter. The edges of the straps are then smoothed, folded and stitched together. “Every piece of the cow makes a different part,” Quillin said. “It’s not like making a table out of plywood where you can just cut the board up and go to town. It’s ‘this part of the cow goes here’ and ‘this part goes there.’” Once the halter is made, it’s dipped in dye to give it color. The leather originally comes in a manila color. Using dye allows the makers to color it the way a customer wants. “It’s an English bridle leather but we still end up dipping it because we just like the flavor and the color and the warmth that we get out of the leather once it’s dipped,” Quillin said. The dye and customization of the halters also help with the longevity of the product.

Quillin said they’ve repaired some halters that were upwards of 20 years old. “It’s one of those things – we got to grow the business because we’re not going to get repeat customers because the stuff lasts so long,” Quillin said laughingly.

Read more at: https://www.kentucky.com/article268734942.html#storylink=cpy

Paris Downtown District - Kentucky Rotary Club of Paris Paris-Bourbon Co. Young Professionals Group Paris-Bourbon County Tourism Commission

“My mother always used to say, ‘how are you going to make a living making leather?’ But here we are,” Ralph Quillin said.

“I will only buy leather halters from Quillin! Love the quality and fit!”  Michelle T. - 5 starsHand built using traditi...
12/29/2022

“I will only buy leather halters from Quillin! Love the quality and fit!” Michelle T. - 5 stars

Hand built using traditional techniques, materials and tools - since 1982 in Paris Ky.

https://www.quillin.com/all-halters/

Amie 5 Stars - “These custom made halters were awesome! My daughter loves them!”
12/28/2022

Amie 5 Stars - “These custom made halters were awesome! My daughter loves them!”

Quillin Holiday HoursWe will be ClosedDec 24 - 26Jan 1 - 2
12/26/2022

Quillin Holiday Hours
We will be Closed
Dec 24 - 26
Jan 1 - 2

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12/25/2022

Feliz Navidad
聖誕快樂
Joyeux Noël
عيد ميلاد مجيد
Frohe Weihnachten
Buon Natale
Prettige Kerstdagen
Feliz Natal
メリー クリスマス

Merry Christmas
From our family to yours from Quillin Leather & Tack

12/25/2022

Feliz Navidad
聖誕快樂
Joyeux Noël
‎عيد ميلاد مجيد
Frohe Weihnachten
Buon Natale
Prettige Kerstdagen
Feliz Natal
メリー クリスマス
Merry Christmas

Quillin Leather & Tack will be closed today Friday December 23. Weather, road conditions and an abundance of caution for...
12/23/2022

Quillin Leather & Tack will be closed today Friday December 23. Weather, road conditions and an abundance of caution for our employees and customers, makes this necessary today.

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Dec 24 - 26
Jan 1 - 2
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12/17/2022

Ralph & Donna Quillin, Rob Windels & Vince Grupposo run the nation’s largest Custom Leather Shop … in Paris, Kentucky. The Quillin craftsmen and women make over 17,000 halters a year in the Main Street Stores. Chances are your Quillin Halter was made for you as part of a small batch. This made to order philosophy - not mass produced, has set Quillins apart as a provider of quality leather goods and service.

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Quillin Track Halters are robust and good looking. Soft 1 1/8 inch wide select English finished Leather plus 1 1/8 inch ...
12/16/2022

Quillin Track Halters are robust and good looking. Soft 1 1/8 inch wide select English finished Leather plus 1 1/8 inch solid brass hardware. Add a hand engraved and polished name plate for the finishing touch.

Made 100% in our Main Street Paris KY shop and shipped directly to you.
https://www.quillin.com/track-halter-regular-track-2-3-yr-old.html

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12/15/2022

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12/14/2022
Tomorrow is the last day for this very special in store sale. Stop Quillins next week for some great savings on Stocking...
12/14/2022

Tomorrow is the last day for this very special in store sale.
Stop Quillins next week for some great savings on Stocking Stuffers.

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Made in Paris Kentucky
Shipped Worldwide Since 1982

12/13/2022

Not much has changed in our halter business. We still use stitchers that were patented in 1904, select and cut leather by hand, handcraft halters and fine leather goods in small batches and offer old fashioned customer service.

Quillin Leather & Tack, the nation's largest halter maker, is interested in working locally developing training and career paths in Paris and Bourbon County in the Equine, customer service and leather goods industry.
Quillins is a 39 year old family owned local business with customers world wide, a reputation for the finest in hand crafted leather goods and personal service. We produce completely in house, by hand and ship to end users internationally.
These are outstanding local entry level positions for individuals that have a mechanical aptitude, but are not necessarily interested in factory jobs.

We are also developing positions in Customer service and inventory management - a great fit for customer oriented candidates. We would love to discuss these and other possibilities under the Quillin Umbrella of local companies and look. Full and Part Time positions available.

competitive pay and excellent local work environment

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Paris Downtown District - Kentucky

Are you or do you know someone in search of a career with a Family run international company, based in Paris KY? We're l...
12/13/2022

Are you or do you know someone in search of a career with a Family run international company, based in Paris KY? We're looking for the right individuals to join and learn and grow with our team at Quillin Leather.

If a job is what you are looking for, Quillins might not be the right place for you, However, if the thought of learning a craft, becoming a skilled craftsperson and working alongside the best in the business appeals to you ... we might just have that position waiting for you.

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Since 1982

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Melissa D."I’ve used halters made by Quillins for over 20 years. I still have and use every one of these halters. In fac...
12/13/2022

Melissa D.

"I’ve used halters made by Quillins for over 20 years. I still have and use every one of these halters. In fact, I have a couple that outlived the horses that they were made for.,I can’t say enough good things about them! Great quality, beautiful, durable!"

https://www.quillin.com/all-halters/

As always we thank our customers for their kind words and continuing support - over the past 40 years.

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12/12/2022

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new addition #5 to our 100 plus year old halter stitchers.
12/10/2022

new addition #5 to our 100 plus year old halter stitchers.

Address

1929 Main Street
Paris, KY
40361

Opening Hours

Tuesday 8am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Friday 8am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Saturday 9am - 12pm

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(859) 987-0215

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Owned and operated by Ralph & Donna Quillin & Son Vince Grupposo, Quillin Leather & Tack is a full service tack and leather goods shop and the largest "custom shops" in the nation. They take pride in their craftsmanship and it shows. Halters are made in small batches and their "made to order" philosophy sets them apart as a provider of quality leather goods and service world wide.

Quillin’s has been in business since 1982, based out of their Main St. shop in Paris, KY. On average they make over 17,000 halters a year with 20 employees working in the shop. They also produce many belts, dog collars and personal leather goods plus feature an onsite engraving shop and complete repair service. "We still hand craft halters the way they were made at the turn of the century." Ralph Quillin said "it's what you would expect when the owners name is out front"

They recently announced an expansion into a second 4000 sq foot location Downtown Paris on Main St. which will serve as a second showroom and primary halter production space for their growing Export Market. As long-time fans of their work, we can attest to the quality and craftsmanship! To find out more and keep up with their news head over to the links below:

Find out more about Quillin Leather here: www.Quillin.com https://www.instagram.com/quillinleatherandtack/


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Ralph & Donna Quillin, Rob Windels & Vince Grupposo run the nation’s largest Custom Leather Shop … in Paris, Kentucky. The Quillin craftsmen and women make over 17,000 halters a year in the Main Street Stores. Chances are your Quillin Halter was made for you as part of a small batch. This made to order philosophy - not mass produced, has set Quillins apart as a provider of quality leather goods and service.

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Did you know that you can come to Paris and see these beautiful halters being made? Right here on Main Street at Quillin Leather! Made in Paris and shipped worldwide!
One of our winners of the Cutest Foal contest, Jan Marquardt, sent us the most adorable picture of one of her foals sporting her beautiful contest winning halter from USSHBA!! Keep them coming guys!

"Debonaire WS (Dannebrog x EM Fly High/Florencio), bred by Janice Marquardt of Walkabout Station in Willis, TX"

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My two halters and getting ready to get another one. These are so soft and supple. Thank you for such a quality product.
We received our foal halter today… mom and baby approve.. thanks!!
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JJ’s new halter came!! Exciting and bittersweet at the same time... thank you again from Quillin Leather! Soon he will be weanling and almost a grown horse.. 😱🌶🌶💚🤍❤️❤️ Sarah Rosciti, not sure the foal halter will make through a third one unfortunately 😆😆
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Quillin Leather in Paris is hiring team members!

Learn from the best halter makers in the business and play a key role in expanding production capacity to meet growing international demands for their halters.

See the full job post at https://www.facebook.com/QuillinLeather/posts/10159111993714333.

And don't forget to keep checking our job board for new positions at kentuckyhorse.org/job-postings!
Julie Foreman, who handles customer service at Quillin Leather in Paris, Kentucky, shows off Sidelines while standing under famous racehorse Stormcat’s halter that the tack shop made for him years ago.
Because your Azul foals mean as much to us as if they were born in our own barn!! Therefore, they all get fancy Quillin Leather halters! Be watching your mailbox mare owners :)
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