Matt Ali

Marshall County



In 1998, I was in college at West Virginia University and bought a new pistol that needed a holster, and since my dad had messed around with leatherwork years earlier, we thought it might be fun to make one. We ordered a kit to make my new holster and he taught me the basics. It has grown steadily over the years from a hobby to an art that I am proud to call my own.


Two of my passions have always been making music and creating art, and working with leather satisfies both of these.

I am a born and bred proud West Virginian, and my artistic roots run deep here. My great-grandfather designed many of the intricate patterns that became the cut crystal of the world-renowned Seneca Glass in Morgantown. Today, I am carrying on his legacy of a hand-crafted, premium West Virginia product.

After taking up leatherwork in the late ’90s, I had the opportunity to create custom guitar straps for our hometown hero, Brad Paisley, and my work and passion has been growing ever since. I have been fortunate enough to work with many of the biggest names in the music industry, and have expanded my product offerings to reach a much wider audience.

Other Creative Skills

Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Leather Crafting

Matt Ali's Work

More WV Artists

Mallory McKendry

About Mallory McKendry The Hot Mamas are an all-female singer-songwriter collective that is rapidly gaining interest around the Shenandoah Valley....

read more
Chrissy Zeltner

Chrissy Zeltner

About Chrissy Zeltner My motto in life is that you're not having fun unless you're covered in dirt or river water. My partner in life is amused by...

read more
Cassie King

Cassie King

About Cassie King I like to do artwork to empower people! I’ve done pieces on womens periods to help women feel less embarrassed about their period....

read more