Hi, 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 ten 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 my worn out boots and put them for sale in my new little western boutique. A handful of years later and dozens of new designs including many hit and misses, I packed my purses up and took them on the road to Stock Show, 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 by Richard Petty from his daughter for Christmas 2018.