ted harriss | todder


good maker ted harriss | todder

 

You could say craftsmanship is in Ted Harriss’s blood. The son of an artist and a cobbler, he grew up learning the ropes of his great-grandfather’s hardware-manufacturing business, which his family still operates today. Harriss took his passion for making a step further in 2015 when, as a senior at Suffolk University, he founded Todder, a leather goods company where he began fashioning belts, coasters, wallets, and more. “The goal was just to make money over the summer,” he says.  The Newburyport-based business quickly became more, though. In 2016, Harriss set up an online shop, landed a booth at the South End Open Market, and forged partnerships with local stockists such as Good and L.L. Bean. He credits Todder’s success to a promise that its products, crafted with leather from American tanneries, will stand the test of time. Because after all, if you can build something to last forever, you should. “I grew up with a family selling pieces of hardware that get rejected if they’re tarnished,” Harriss says. “I found out that I was capable of making [things that will last], and I love doing it.”

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