Chacon Belt & Buckle is a family company founded in 1972 in Chacon, New Mexico (population 197) by Bruce Erickson. Chacon, NM (for those who don’t know) is off of New Mexico State Road 121 about 12 miles north of Mora, about 45 miles away from our home in Taos. We at Letherwerks have known Bruce for a long time. He is a quiet force within our industry: always happy to lend a hand or provide us with the advice and wisdom he has accumulated over the past four decades.
The company has since moved to the metropolis of Rociada, New Mexico (population 609) best known as the birthplace of Milnor Rudulph (1826 – 1887). Milnor was the Speaker of the New Mexico Territory Legislature and led the inquest into the death of Billy the Kid. We are certain Bruce is the most famous person to have lived there since. You don’t need to worry that his new big city digs and celebrity have impacted the company. His workshop is still heated via a wood fireplace that Bruce stokes early every morning.
Chacon belts are hand made by Bruce’s company of 10 employees—the majority are family including his wife, son, and daughters. What emerges from his shop is undoubtedly among the finest work in the country. Because each belt is handmade, Chacon has amazing flexibility. They make straps from an enormous variety of hides. Chacon straps are the only straps that consistently exceed our expectations, and we are thrilled to have carried Bruce's work for the past 45 years and counting.