In 1982, Joan and Bill Martin
embarked on a new venture and created Brahmin Leather Works in
our antique home in Hingham, Massachusetts - A long time dream
of Bill's. Prior to that time, Bill had been a manufacturing
and operations executive of leading companies within the shoe
industry. Joan was a mother, homemaker and actively involved
in community and church affairs. Bill, the manufacturing
specialist, drafted me to do the designing and selling. Sandy,
15, and Scott, 12, were old enough to support our efforts and
pitched in after school.
doubling each year, Brahmin soon outgrew its Hingham home and
moved to a small factory in Taunton, MA. After two years, and
once again the need for more space, the company relocated to a
25,000 square foot factory in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and
presently to a NEW modern factory in Fairhaven, Massachusetts.
Fairhaven, Joan head up designing; Bill heads up manufacturing
and operations; Sandy works in design, and Laurel Buerk (VP
Sales and Marketing) in Marketing; Scott heads up internal
computer systems, and is the Manufacturing Coordinator. With
65 employees under one roof to hand-make Brahmin Handbags that
are sent to the finest retail stores across the country.