While working in a leather shop to pay for her college tuition, C.L. Whiting discovered how to reproduce, in uncanny detail, a series of tools in the shape of leaves. She withdrew from University and spent years developing over 5,000 different leaf patterns. Using her love and respect for nature, she trained skilled crafts people to help her with cutting, sewing and finishing her designs. This enables her to create more of the meticulously finished leather goods that are found in fine gift shops and notable art galleries across the country.