Hey there! My name is Chris Thompson. I am a professional artist, boot wrangler and purse designer. I am a proud Mom, loved daughter, hopeful Grandmother “some day”, Jesus follower, animal lover and slave to two cats.
I fell in love with the beauty of western boots about 12 years ago when I was at an interim job in the middle of career changes. When the “career" change turned out to be a “life” change I started making handbags from a pile of worn-out boots in my garage. Thousands of purses later, and dozens of new designs including many “hit and misses”, I packed my lovelies up and took them on the road 5 yrs ago to Stock Shows, Rodeos and Fine Art Festivals in the Rocky Mountain and Southwestern states.
I've been called the "Louis Vuitton of Cowboy Boot Purses" which makes me chuckle and fills my heart. There's plenty of ladies out there making purses out of old boots. I wanted to elevate that... because why would I settle for what everyone else is doing? And why should you settle for what everyone else is making?
One of my favorite commissioned pieces is the large black saddlebag in my right hand (below) for Richard Petty from his daughter for Christmas 2018.