The History of Classic Leather

PLEASE NOTE: Effective 3/21/16, we will be at our new location. Please make sure to update your records to reflect this change. Our new physical address for shipments is shown below. Our post office box and phone numbers will remain the same.
309 Simpson Street • Conover, NC 28613

Classic Leather is the oldest manufacturer of leather upholstered furniture in the USA. Founded in the mid-sixties by Thomas H. Shores, Sr., it is still family and employee owned and operated. Classic Leather is a vertically integrated company, meaning we own and operate our frame manufacturing shop, cushioning fabrications, leather marking, cutting and sewing operations and the upholstering processes. Our craftspeople use time-honored techniques coupled with the latest technology to build each piece by hand to your specifications. We understand that every piece of Classic Leather bears the signature of its owner and their unique style. And Classic Leather is still completely crafted in the USA. There are over 110 skilled craftspeople and artisans, many 2nd and 3rd generation, who take great pride in producing leather furniture that will last for many years to come.

With over 600 style options, and your choice of over 200 leathers, there is something for every lifestyle and living environment. We are dedicated to crafting the finest leather seating made in our industry.

Classic Leather strives to make sure our products, processes, employees and suppliers reduce any negative impact on our environment. Our hardwood suppliers replant forests. Our leathers are PCP free and have water-based finishes. The foam we use contains no harmful CFC’s. We filter all wood chips and dust, and recycle scrap wood, foam and leathers. All chemicals and hazardous wastes are monitored and disposed of according to strict federal and state regulations.

For the very best in leather seating for your home, make it a classic – Classic Leather.

Collections and History


Classic Design

Classic Designs by Classic Leather was developed with each customer’s individual needs in mind. From loft apartments to grand homes, Classic Designs has what you need to customize furniture that reflects your personal style.

There are thirteen suites, eight traditional and five transitional, from which to choose. A variety of options such as bun feet, nail trim, stitching or welt trim on backs and seats, cushion choices, 14 wood finishes and multiple leather options, provide each customer the tools to customize their furniture to satisfy their unique taste and complement
their lifestyle.

Collegiate Furniture

Through the Enthusiast Furniture line we offer a Collegiate Collection showcasing your favorite college logos or names embroidered onto a few Classic Leather furniture items.

Harley Davidson® Enthusiast Collection

With humble beginnings, Harley-Davidson began building motorcycles in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1903. The commitment to excellence and innovation embraced by Harley-Davidson has made it an American legend, and the largest producer of heavyweight motorcycles in the world.

Some years later, another dream was taking shape. In 1966 Classic Leather began manufacturing fine leather furniture in the foothills of North Carolina, becoming the first leather furniture specialist in the United States. With innovation and superior quality as its driving force, Classic Leather remains the preeminent leader in fine American-made leather upholstery.

In 2008, American icon, Harley-Davidson and Classic Leather entered into a license agreement. Drawing inspiration from the design, shape, and custom options available on Harley-Davidson® Motorcycles, Classic Leather has developed a collection of leather furniture infused with the Harley-Davidson DNA. This collection is officially licensed by Harley-Davidson and is available through qualified Classic Leather Dealers.

Now slip into something Classic. Go ahead – enjoy the ride.


Classic Leather presents The TAG Collection designed by the award winning Designer, TAG Galyean. This resort inspired furniture collection embodies a casual spirit with a fresh American attitude.

TAG Galyean has been an innovator in the design community for 45 years. His luxury resort work includes famous destinations such as The Broadmoor, Casa Palmero at pebble Beach, The Greenbrier, The Don Cesar, The Equinox, La Quita, Turnberry Isle, Coeur d’Alene, Gateway canyons, and The Aspen Club.

Known as America’s preeminent Resort Master Designer, TAG Galyean combines vision and artistry with Classic Leather’s unsurpassed quality and comfort.