Misham, 24th day of Fleurgreen, 432 AC
Eighth Watch rising 23
Erwin Tailorson – Portrait of a Palanthan Businessman
by Gerrin, Staff Writer
Palanthas - Many people throughout the city can recognize the faded gold lettering that spells Erwin's and recognize the leather bag below it. Even more can recall the inside of the store and its familiar smells of leather and soap. And nearly everyone in the city knows the familiar face that greets every customer who enters Erwin's Leather Goods store. It's the same face that's been greeting customers for over 60 years.
Erwin Tailorson has been working on leather goods for over 70 years and nearly all of them have been in his store here on High Street. Erwin was born into the family of a prominent local tailor, Gregory Tailor. At the early age of 9 Erwin showed a great interest in not making the clothing but in working with leather. Erwin is often fond of showing his customers his first leather project. It was a simple belt with intertwining circles on it.
"It really wasn't that special," recalls Erwin. "But my father took one look at it and knew that I wasn't a tailor. It really broke his heart because he wanted his oldest son to take over the family business. It all turned out alright later on when my younger brother became a tailor but my father was so upset that I wasn't a tailor that he sent me to Hargoth to be apprenticed."
Erwin was apprenticed to a local master craftsman Dungor Bagsman. He quickly excelled at working with leather and returned home at the age of 20. Upon his return his father, who had built a new shop, offered his son the use of his old building on High Street. Erwin agreed but demanded to buy the building from his father who sold it to him for one steel piece.
"At first it was really kind of hit or miss," tells Erwin. "I can remember many a night going to bed with nothing but a crust in my stomach. Oh how those years were hard but they were some of the happiest in my life."
It was during those years that Erwin met the love of his life, married and raised three kids. They were tough years but Erwin still remembers them with a kind smile and his eyes flash a brilliant green when he talks of how he courted his wife and his children's first steps or words.
As the years went by, Erwin became famous in the leather making business as his designs and his quality of goods became highly sought after. Today Erwin still makes his goods in the same backroom in which he began. His keen eyes working with an apprentice still creates the same quality of goods as they did before.
"My hands aren't as strong as they used to be," stated Erwin. "But I still work as hard as ever. I have turned over a few of my easier projects to my apprentices over the years but even still I still work with them on every project. It seems that by the time I get them trained they are already to leave."