Meet Kristin Pardee of Lonestar Leather goods. This talented lady is kind enough to donate to our raffle and giveaway bags for our East Coast event May 27th-30th!
Name: Kristin Pardee
Website/Instagram: Instagram : @lone__star Website : lonestarleathergoods.com (will be live May 18th, my birthday for good luck)
Where are you from?
I was born in Westchester, NY, however I've moved all over and currently reside in Hopewell, NY. Basically I'm from everywhere.
What do you do and how long have you done it?
I do leatherwork almost full time on top of school full time and a part time job. Leatherwork to me, isn't really "work", I thoroughly enjoy having it as a creative outlet and a way to keep my mind working.
How did you get started working with leather?
I got started working with leather about three years ago now when I met my boyfriend. He was building his shovelhead at the time and basically said "Hey! You're creative, make me some cool shit." So being that I was always somewhat interested in it, I gave it a go and have been doing it ever since. The first pieces I ever did were his seat, saddlebag, and tool bag. Huge undertaking for someone just starting to do leatherwork, but he still rocks them and I'm super proud of it.
What has been the hardest or best (or both) parts of your job?
The hardest part has been with out a doubt learning the hard way and the painstaking mess-ups of trial and error. The hard way isn't always the fun way, but it's the way that has gotten me to where I am now. Everyday is a leaning curve and I am always gaining more knowledge of the craft as I go. The best part is seeing everything come together. EVERYTHING I make is 110% custom made, no leather kits, it's all from my head. Having a vision come to life, and then seeing someone use it and love it, is just a really awesome thing.
Tell us about your life in motorcycle. How long have you been riding / favorite bike / what are you currently riding, etc.?
I started riding about 4 years ago. My first bike was a 250 Yamaha Virago that was a complete mess. I've had two other bikes between then and now and currently have a sporty and a XS650 that's in crates. Hopefully I can get around to doing something with it, I have a sweet idea for a seat, but no rush. Favorite bike? I have so many that it is hard to pick. Personally, I want a shovelhead next.
What do you love most about the motorcycle community on the east coast?
There is always something to do. We obviously don't have year round prime riding weather like the west coast, but even in the dead of winter there is always an event, swap meet or something to do. And contrary to what some may think, the east coast really has some amazing roads. My favorite are the farm roads through Downsville, NY and going Northwest from there. Northern Connecticut has some great helmet free riding roads, and upstate New York going into Vermont has winding mountain roads galore. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
How did you hear about Babes Ride Out?
I heard about Babes Ride Out two years ago I believe on Instagram when a friend tagged me in one of their photos.
What did you think when you first heard about it?
I remember when I first heard of Babes Ride Out how envious I was. A bunch of like-minded chicks riding though the desert and I of course wanted to be a part of it. I had high hopes of being able to go out there this year to be a part of it and then heard they were doing a Babes Ride Out East only an hour from me in New York. I honestly can't wait to meet some new people and hopefully make some rad new girlfriends to ride and go waterfall hopping with.
What makes you interested in supporting Babes Ride Out?
Babes Ride Out really just is a great thing. You never really see (at least in my part of the woods) chicks getting together and riding and hanging the hell out like this. It's always, you go to some motorcycle event and it's one female to 50 guys. So it will definitely be nice to not be around a bunch of greasy beards for four days this spring.
Can you tell us about the item(s) you are donating to BRO?
I am making over $1,750 worth of leather goods for the ladies at Babes Ride