Highpoint, North Carolina, is sometimes referred to as the “Furniture Capital of the World,” but the town’s expert leather workers are now applying their skills to a completely different type of product: handmade golf club covers.
“There’s no better way to make a quality leather product than to make it right here in North Carolina,” says Charlie Burgwyn, co-founder and president of Stitch. “Every bit – from the cutting to putting on the numbers to the stripes – it’s all handmade, hand-sewn. Details make us different.”
As a former PGA professional and sales representative for Callaway Golf Apparel, Charlie saw a need as golf bags started to shrink and clubs and club head covers started to increase in size, but the larger club covers made everything too bulky to fit inside one bag.
Besides creating more compact head covers, there’s plenty more that separates Stitch from the typical gear. Most notably are Stitch’s designs that draw inspiration from historical pieces, like old cars and sailboats. A few years ago, Charlie was on a business trip in the Hamptons and went to The Bridge, a racetrack-turned-golf club. The day he visited, he saw a vintage Porsche – the kind James Dean or Steve McQueen would have driven – and the idea for their Racer Collection was born.
“We design products with a purpose. Stitch creates nostalgic pieces that allow us to create modern, functional products,” says Charlie. It seems the nostalgic elements in their covers have proved to be popular; its second best seller is made out of the same leather used to craft baseball gloves.
Another appealing, distinguishing factor for the brand is their lower costs. Handmade leather club covers can be expensive, but Stitch has found a way to yield 85 percent or more from an average-sized hide and passes on the savings to their customers.
Stitch covers retail for $29.99 to $54.99 and are available for purchase at www.stitchgolf.com.