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About Us

 

Our vision is to protect and promote unbound interaction between people and their devices. We accomplish this by our mission of providing a protective alternative to bags and cases. 

 
 

Why We're Different

 

Most of the time our gear is on our desks, at our side, or in our hands. Whether we value its cost or sentiment is not important, but that we value it. We have an investment in its function and an appreciation of its form.

Traditional protection like bags and cases obscures this form and hinders our experiences. Gear Mat™ offers an alternative to all-or-nothing protection, enabling the elemental interactions from which our objects were designed.

 

 

What We Stand For

 

Who We Are

Gear Mat™ New York is made in association with Southern California based Legacy Brand Leather. At the head of each are two former classmates who met at a California art school in 2002. A decade after graduation and after spending a year with the first gear mat in his back pocket, the discovery of his old friend's passion for leather making rang like a bell.

 
 
 

 

Jordan Lockhart
Founder, Gear Mat™

Jordan Lockhart Designer

 

A Los Angeles native now living in Manhattan, Jordan is an entrepreneur with 13 years experience as a documentary filmmaker, photojournalist, and gearhead. 

 

 

Ted Atkins
Craftsman & Founder, Legacy Brand Leather

 

Crafting quality handmade leather goods since 2013 with a focus on practicality and minimalism, Ted has grown his hobby into a fruitful business with an ever-growing following.

 

Our Story

 
...simplicity and functionality shaped by the ethos of New York City itself.
 
 

Living alone in Los Angeles and working from home, Gear Mat's founder spent many months toiling with a combination of artistic mediums to pass the time. Boiling wood in the kitchen, stirring concrete in the living room. It was the fusion of unlike materials that intrigued him - concrete with glass; liquids, magnets, wood, and more. Over time the juxtaposition of leather with contemporary industrial design became of most interest. A long time camera collector, he began fashioning rudimentary skins for his equipment seeking a way to seamlessly unite these two 'opposite art forms' as he saw them.

Leaving the lull of Los Angeles behind for the unknown of New York, the work was left unfinished. But as the idea resonated, the means to accomplish it diminished under the weight of the big apple. There was no more space, no more tools, and no more time. Ultimately he found a solution under these new constraints, one of simplicity and functionality shaped by the ethos of New York City itself. 

He began to carry a dollar bill sized piece of scrap leather in his back pocket. Pairing it with his phones and cameras, it supplanted the need for bags and cases and preserved the beauty of his objects in their original form. Uniting the two while maintaining their independence had finally created the relationship between the mediums he sought.

He was surprised to see that relationship evolve, from the mat and the gear, to the gear and himself. With nothing between them, the interaction was true and unbound to all the senses. After using the first gear mat for over a year it was these experiences that would later shape the mission, vision, and values of the company. 

After discovering that an old friend from art school had been spending his days handcrafting leather goods, the two began searching for a new form for the leather that would be on par with its function. Many prototypes and  a few hundred emails later, Gear Mat™ was born.

 

- explorations of opposing mediums (2013 - 2015) that inspired Gear Mat -