In 1973 my brother, Jim Leahy, arrived in Taos, New Mexico with a bale of sheepskins,
a sewing machine, and a notion that if you did something right the rest would take
care of itself. He set up the first Overland store-a humble adobe shop between the
rugged Sangre de Cristo range and the Rio Grande Valley, where sheepskin had been
long revered for its luxurious warmth.
There, fresh out of high school, the young entrepreneur created beautiful, high-quality
sheepskin coats, hats, mittens, and slippers-meticulously cutting and stitching
everything by hand.
Word quickly spread about the quality and craftsmanship of Overland's products,
and soon it was impossible for Jim to keep up with the growing demand. So he invited
fellow Taos craftspeople and artisans to work with him.
As Overland Sheepskin Co.'s reputation for excellence continued to grow, the store
soon expanded into the current shop north of Taos at the foot of Taos Mountain.
More than 40 years, 15 more stores, and one thriving internet business later, Overland
continues to expand and flourish. Today, our product line has grown from a handful
of shearling coats to over 1,500 styles of premium apparel and home products, all
with the Overland stamp of excellence. We now offer an extensive collection of the
finest shearling coats, designer leather jackets, luxurious fur & fabric coats,
footwear, premium clothing, and sheepskin & leather handbags.
Our styles range from rugged Western to the most elegant of classic and contemporary
fashions. We are also well-known for our luxurious home and auto accessories, including
sheepskin and cowhide rugs, designer rugs and pillows, sheepskin car seat covers,
Through Overland's exponential growth over the years,
the small family shop atmosphere has remained the backbone of our business.
At the heart of Overland Sheepskin Co.'s operations, Jerry and Marge Leahy are general
managers who are heavily involved in financial management, production, merchandising,
inventory, product development, store design and much more. Jerry is also our resident
shearling seat cover expert. Mea Lama, my sister, has a hand in everything from
product development and sourcing to importing, store design, and merchandising.
My daughters April and Amber are also integral. April plays a crucial role as our
Internet Shipping Manager. Amber is almost solely responsible for product development
in furs and leathers—a huge part of the business—yet still finds time to help
oversee store operations and catalog development, among other things. And last but
certainly far from least, our Overland staff is an invaluable part of our extended
At Overland Sheepskin Co., our goal is to provide you with a unique shopping experience
and quality products that bring you pleasure for years to come. We thank you, our
customers, for the opportunity to do what we love, and what we do best.
All the best,
Roger Leahy, and the Leahy Family