Castle Rock, CO
“Working with my hands has always brought me a great deal of satisfaction. I also hate spending money on goods that are not made well. As a result of this, if I can't find it, I will make it. This is how Catellier Made was born, I wanted a better wallet.”
A Q&A with Ryan, owner of Catallier Made
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming and I will always love my home state. My journey to Colorado was quite an adventure. I was living in New Zealand and was there for 4 years before I traveled to New York City with one of my Kiwi(New Zealander) friends. While in New York, I met this beautiful girl who happened to fall in love with me and I never stopped calling her. Bla, bla, bla, lots of mushy stuff, I moved back to the USA and we got married and move to Brooklyn. NYC was fun, but also a zoo, so we moved back to her home state of Colorado and our plan is to never leave.
At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Working with my hands has always brought me a great deal of satisfaction. I honestly can’t remember a time where I didn’t enjoy making and creating things. I’m the kind of person who loves to figure things out on my own. This love often keeps me awake at night as I try to engineer my products step by step in my mind--I think about how each piece needs to fit so I can add the next and finally have the finished product in my head. Once I’ve done this, I can make what I want. CATELLIER made was born, I suppose, because my creative path has always been there.
Do you have a favorite piece you’ve made?
The first leather piece I made was the Schofield notebook wallet. It’s a wallet I still use today. This wallet is still my favorite because I love to write. Technology is amazing but there is something about pen and paper that I can’t get away from.
It's the weekend. What do you see yourself doing?
I’d like to say I’m going camping--which I love to do-- but don’t get to as often as I like. My weekends are usually filled with the pleasure of wrangling our 4 little boys. We spend most of our weekends playing with them and enjoying time as a family without school or work.
Are you self taught?
I am self-taught. Most of what I do now I have been able to figure out on my own, which I love to do. Learning how to use sewing machines was possibly the most difficult part of what I’ve learned. YouTube, my mom and the little old ladies at the local sewing shop helped me navigate the trials of learning this skill.
Do you have a favorite place in the mountains you like to visit?
I love the stretch between Lake City and Creede. Schofield Pass is probably my #1 but not as easy to get to. However, I've found a great little camp spot that knows one seems to know about near Webster Pass. I go there as often as possible.