Absentee Internet Apparel Business
Montezuma County, CO
Absentee, web-based retail apparel business. The offering includes lease of a 28,000-sqft warehouse and office space, which is currently operated with less than 10 employees for most of the year. Founded in 1996, the business has experienced steady growth and now offers over 40,000 items online. The website is modern and optimized for tablets and smartphones and the sales channels are integrated with the internal systems. An advanced Warehouse Management System allows the owners to spend all but a few weeks a year away from the business. Real Estate is also available for sale.
Artisan Leather Manufacturing, Wholesale/Retail
Breezy Mountain Leather
Breezy Mountain Leather is owned by Valerie A Szarek. It is a leather crafting business originally established in 1973 as a custom and repair leather shop in Troy, Michigan. Val relocated to Colorado in 1978 and has had several retail locations. Over the years, she designed and manufactured products for General Motors, Harley Davidson, Coors, Izzo (a golf strap), Crow's Nest Trading Company, The Territory Ahead, and Marlboro (a vest). She designed the first laptop computer case for IBM. This business has a long and prestigious history.
In 2007 Val entered the wholesale market selling handbags and accessories to retail stores, galleries and catalog companies. She reworked the designs into a high volume production format while keeping their artistic aspect. Val created sales materials, built relationships, etc. Over time, BML’s products were in over 400 stores. The products were embraced in New York, Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska, and Hawaii. BML’s products are particularly popular in the southwest.
The handbags are known as stunning, simple, classic, heirloom quality goods. The brand is highly recognizable. Val developed a novel and artistic method for inlaying semi-precious stones (such as turquoise) in the bags.
This is a turnkey business with enormous growth potential. Leather goods are always in high demand; these products keep their value. Everything exists to maintain and grow a thriving business: desired designs, access to raw materials, equipment, wholesale relationships, etc.
This lifestyle business has been fulfilling, contributing value and satisfaction to both the owner and all her customers.
It is up to the new owner how large they want to grow the business through internet sales, wholesale accounts, art show opportunities, Etsy, custom products, further optimizing the already efficient production, etc.
The studio is equipped to produce $5-6000 revenue per week with 2 people.
Included in the sale price is complete training with Val, a master leather artisan with 44 years of experience. Val is a wonderful and generous teacher and can also be available to help develop your new designs and patterns going forward.
Facilities & Assets
Customers & Ongoing Orders, Products, Designs, Know-How, Equipment, Inventory
click press ($4,500)
10 die sets ($2,000)
14 shelving units
3 work benches
portable swamp cooler ($500)
walking foot sewing machine ($1,750)
skiving machine ($1,500)
hot embosser, imprinter ($300)
50+ leather tools
125+ belt-making tools
booth setup for art shows, wholesale/retail, indoor/outdoor
Wolf Pup cutter ($350)
11 sets of leather lettering tools (8 alphabet, 3 hot alphabet)
8-page color catalogs (several cases)
70 rolls purse straps
~30 full leather hides ($7200)
~30 full skins ($1400)
~80 ready-to-ship bags (finished products)
200 small ready-to-ship products
2000 conchos (accessories) ($4000)
35 lbs thread, 15 colors
1000 bracelet parts
1000+ stones including turquoise beads