Our Story


At Second String Leather Company, vintage goalie gear is revived, re-purposed and restitched into one-of-a-kind, hand crafted leather goods. Each collection has been hand selected, and shares a unique journey. From early morning practices to championship games, each piece has a story to tell and memories to share. Timeless products forged from full grain, oil-tanned leather, paired with a unique blend of vintage gear.

Second String Leather Company

Built From The Heritage Of the Game,
Crafted From The Crease



SSLC Interviews and Media Appearances



Grand Rapids Business Journal - September 9th, 2019

(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Enamored with the nostalgia of old goalie equipment, a pair of local hockey buffs have created a business that keeps the scent of leather close at hand.

Zac Smith and Joe Messina launched Grand Rapids-based Second String Leather Company in May after the pair — who have known each other over a decade through the game of hockey — had the idea to collect and upcycle vintage full-grain, oil-tanned leather goalie gear into new products that fellow hockey fans could enjoy.

Their first line of products launched May 29 at secondstringleather.com and sold out within two weeks. They took the summer to build up stock and launched a second line Aug. 24...

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