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Featured Seller: TM1985 handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Tielor McBride. I was born in Kansas City, Missouri, where I grew up in an incredible family of five. I went to college in Cincinnati to study scenic and costume design. My background in theatre design exposed me to so many different time periods of history, cultures of the world and the general human condition. I found that it is so important to not only come up with a good idea and solid research, but to be able to articulate it and understand what goes into the production of it.

After school, I moved to New York and took a job as a window designer at Polo Ralph Lauren. I was in charge of the flagship store and helped design global directives for interior and window displays. The job was totally different than what I ever imagined myself doing. It was like grad school and I learned a lot about the fashion world: the structure of seasonal delivery, scale of manufacturing and global brand presence. I was eventually promoted, but things started to feel stale as the design work left to others and the managerial responsibilities came flooding in.

Just before I left my job in the corporate world of RL, I started TM1985. I made my first Roll Top Backpack in the tailor’s shop of the Polo men’s store. It’s been a little over a year since then, and my bag production has started to pick up. I have a nice sized studio space with some beautiful industrial leather working machines. What excites me the most is that this is only the beginning.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I live in Brooklyn in what used to be an old hardware store and find myself devoting a lot of time to renovating it. Even though it is a rental, I have laid linoleum-checkered tile floors, installed vintage cabinets and shelving, and designed a custom gold-leaf chandelier. I want it to be perfect, but my definition of that is always changing so there is always room for improvement. Having a richly layered atmosphere means a lot to me and serves as inspiration for future projects.

When I can, I enjoy being outdoors, harvesting vegetables in my garden, camping in the Catskills or biking out to Montauk Point. I like to get as much air and sun as possible before I go and bury myself in work again. Cooking dinner every night with my boyfriend (and dog Homer) is something that grounds me and readies me for a long night of cutting and stitching lengths of canvas and leather. We always look for new recipes. Tonight it was borscht, a hardy winter soup made with beets and cabbage. Yum!

What would be the title of your memoir? Why?
All I Ever Wanted Was to Make Things and Think About Them. Yeah, I know it’s long, but it’s a simple truth. I’m happiest when I get to make something worth thinking about, worth looking at.

Where does your inspiration come from?
Vintage military, utility and artisan goods often inspire the things I make. I want to live up to the standards of quality and integrity that made the products of yesterday last, things from the golden age of manufacturing that we still can use today. If it lasted this long and has the same striking appeal as when it made, there has to be something there to take a cue from.

What does handmade mean to you?
All things are relatively “handmade.” Even a car on an assembly line has something on it that needs to be done by hand. Working with your hands slows you down in a way that forces you to consider each piece individually, to know the materials and their imperfections. Understanding the variations between components and how they work together as a whole, that is where craft comes into play. If you allow yourself this awareness, you can make careful adjustments to give the piece a uniqueness and specificity. Handmade items set themselves apart because the spirit of the individual is imbued in them.

Who has been most influential in your craft?
My great-great-grandfather Christen Hansen made horse harnesses and shoes in Denmark. I recently found a picture of him from 1922, standing in the middle of his shop surrounded by all of his harnesses, tack, boots and tools. The link between the past and the present has always been strong for me. Seeing that old photograph made what I am doing now more meaningful.

When did you know you were an artist/maker?
In general, I don’t consider them on the same level. I don’t use the word “artist” lightly, and I’ve got a long way to go before I’m there. I became a maker when I understood that old saying, “If you want something, make it yourself.” I realized it gives you freedom from the conventional consumer-product relationship. I think some people of my generation haven’t recognized that yet.

How would you describe your creative process?
If an idea pops into my head, the first thing I do is draw it. I’ll even just draw a simple outline or silhouette of what I think the object might look like. It is a reminder to go back in and work out the details later when I have more time. Then I sketch, sketch, sketch! Even after I think I have the design down, I tend to vary it slightly and do 10 more sketches just to see what else comes out. I pick the best one and create a rough sample to perfect dimensions, details and fit. I use vintage fabrics for inspiration and shop around for the right leathers, waxed canvases and hardware. After I assemble the final product, I treat the material with wax, dyes or oils to give it a finished polish and personality.

If you could peek inside the studio of any artist, designer or craftsman (dead or alive), who would it be?
Francis Bacon. I love a messy studio!

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I have a beautiful silk quilt my great-grandmother Emma made. The pattern is made up of hundreds of different-colored rectangular blocks laid out in a spiral formation. The quilt is buttery smooth and on the back is the softest gray Scottish flannel.

How do you get out of your creative ruts?
Sleep! My best ideas come to me when I’m either waking up or falling asleep. It can occasionally be annoying; after a long exhausting day, all I want to do is rest, but as soon as my head hits the pillow and my eyes close, 101 solutions to the day’s creative problems are right there in front of me. I’m driven to get right back up and start working again.

Where would you like to be in ten years?
I’d like to be expanding TM1985 into women’s and men’s outerwear, as well as housewares and select furniture pieces. I’ve always been focused on the whole picture of lifestyle design and I want to create products that have rich detail and integrity, something that will become a part of your history.

Featured Seller Archive

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    Beautiful mind; I really enjoyed this interview and amazing craftsmanship to match! ..would love to see what you'd do with mens/womens apparel :)

    4 years ago

  • FayesAttic11

    FayesAttic11 says:

    Absolutely wonderful! SO many great ideas!!

    4 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Such beautiful work!!! Congrats on the FS!!! =)

    4 years ago

  • rosebudshome

    rosebudshome says:

    You inspire me, such wonderful craftmanship and quality!

    4 years ago

  • perfectwear

    perfectwear says:

    congrats on being featured artist. truly love the leather wallets. stunning work! best wishes for many more success.

    4 years ago

  • plainjbodyandhome

    plainjbodyandhome says:

    Lovely interview...may need to pick up one of those wallets for my husband...:)

    4 years ago

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow says:

    Wonderful designs!! Great interview! Congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • Cinciata

    Cinciata says:

    Congratulations on the feature! You are truly a gifted craftsman!!! I Love every piece!

    4 years ago

  • sommerscoffeeco

    sommerscoffeeco says:

    Love your work! congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • sweetsarahcardsandtr

    sweetsarahcardsandtr says:

    awesome work

    4 years ago

  • thetarnishedhalo

    thetarnishedhalo says:

    You know you are reading about an artist when you hear this, "I’ve always been focused on the whole picture of lifestyle design and I want to create products that have rich detail and integrity, something that will become a part of your history." Well, Tielor...I believe that you are a part of history! Thrilled for your feature, I was entranced with your interview and could practically smell the leather...thank you for the inspiration! Congrats and wishing you only the best in the adventure of making your big picture come true! Inspired, simply inspired!

    4 years ago

  • subtleacts

    subtleacts says:

    What a great feature! I love your work!

    4 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns says:

    Your work is so beautiful. I really enjoyed reading your interview and I know that you love your home and work space it sound perfect!

    4 years ago

  • hoakonhelga

    hoakonhelga says:

    Really awesome work! Congrats on the feature!!

    4 years ago

  • optic

    optic says:

    Congratulations on the feature. Sounds like you have had some great opportunities. I wish you the best of luck.

    4 years ago

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios says:

    I love the raw nature of your work. My husband uses the same sewing machine - his is a vintage 1930's singer that I got him as a wedding present. Congrats on the feature & best of luck to you. :)

    4 years ago

  • sunshineandvodka

    sunshineandvodka says:

    Awesome workmanship! You are an inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • TheBloomingThread

    TheBloomingThread says:

    congrats on the feature... i dont think we see enough features on the men of etsy so it was very cool to read yours! best of luck~

    4 years ago

  • cocowagner

    cocowagner says:

    Congratulations! Awesome workmanship. Love your work! :D

    4 years ago

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl says:

    absolutely fascinating! i loved reading how your evolved into where you are today. and your heritage sounds amazing. i hope my kids look at me as inspirational someday! congrats on the feature. best wishes!

    4 years ago

  • julsandmaude

    julsandmaude says:

    Thanks for helping maintain some integrity in our world!

    4 years ago

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations says:

    Gorgeous bags!

    4 years ago

  • amzcreationz

    amzcreationz says:

    Great Interview.. congratulations on the feature. Loved your work. So true about wanting to live up to the standards of quality and integrity that made the products of yesterday last forever... thats why handmade is so special. And of course it has a uniqueness and like you said... the spirit of the individual is imbued in them. Wish you all the success!

    4 years ago

  • EyeCandyByAmy

    EyeCandyByAmy says:

    Congratulations on being featured. Your craftsmanship is incredible!

    4 years ago

  • 464Handmade

    464Handmade says:

    congratulations on the feature!! i really enjoyed read your interview! love your work!

    4 years ago

  • SeaGlassJournal

    SeaGlassJournal says:

    Your work definitely reflects the craftsmanship of days long past. Congrats on being featured!

    4 years ago

  • bellehattie

    bellehattie says:

    I like that you recognize your grandfather as the inspiration for your fabulous work.

    4 years ago

  • feltonthefly

    feltonthefly says:

    I heart Etsy Men. Great interview. Great work. Best of luck to you : )

    4 years ago

  • iamFineArt

    iamFineArt says:

    Great looking stuff & story. Best of Luck

    4 years ago

  • StudioDevinat

    StudioDevinat says:

    Great work, congrats. Nice to see a fellow KC born artist & New England transplant featured!

    4 years ago

  • duppy1

    duppy1 says:

    Dig your stuff! Nice job!

    4 years ago

  • blueridgewoodworking

    blueridgewoodworking says:

    Great interview. Very real. I completely agree, that if you want something you have to make it yourself. You make beautiful pieces and congrats on the feature. Best of luck!

    4 years ago

  • odelay03

    odelay03 says:

    Yay! It sounds like your space is wonderful. An old hardware shop with built in shelving and cabinets! Built-in-shelves are the best! I am in Brooklyn too and will mark you as one of my favorites. I especially like your wallets and the idea of a lifestyle brand. The best to you!

    4 years ago

  • islandfitz

    islandfitz says:

    AMAZING work bud!!!

    4 years ago

  • odelay03

    odelay03 says:

    Also, I forgot to say that I love your Pony Envelope. Don't want to leave that out!

    4 years ago

  • judemcconkey

    judemcconkey says:

    such an interesting interview - loved reading about your background and how you came to be where you are. Congratulations on being the featured seller and good luck!

    4 years ago

  • divorcecards

    divorcecards says:

    tieler- its jessa from mofaa!!! its soo awesome to see you up here! great work. I miss you!! xox

    4 years ago

  • FlyingHorseStudio

    FlyingHorseStudio says:

    Great interview. I love your pieces...congratulations.

    4 years ago

  • HereInSmallTownUSA

    HereInSmallTownUSA says:

    Love the All American Flag in the first photograph <3

    4 years ago

  • pagepottery

    pagepottery says:

    ooh rustic! congrats!

    4 years ago

  • SassySisterVintage

    SassySisterVintage says:

    Gorgeous work and glad to see an Etsy man! What does 1985 stand for?

    4 years ago

  • ForYouDesign

    ForYouDesign says:

    Congratulations on your success! Best of luck!

    4 years ago

  • srings

    srings says:

    Thank you for your commitment to quality, which raises the esthetic of any piece. By creating what will last through time you are setting an example of sustainable livlihood. I see amazing things in your future, thank you!

    4 years ago

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    mattyhandmadecrafts says:


    4 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Enjoyed reading your story and the history of how you've evolved and the journey you've taken so to speak. Had to chuckle you made Borscht soup the people living in our community make this all the time. Beautiful products you make and design and may all your future plans come be fullfilled. Well deserved featured seller as well and congrats to you.

    4 years ago


    ESSANEL says:

    Congrats on the feature ! Your bag & wallet designs are amazing ! Good luck in the future !

    4 years ago

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns says:

    Beautiful craftsmanship. Congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering says:

    Groovy bags!

    4 years ago

  • CarryHersByNatalie

    CarryHersByNatalie says:

    Your work is great. Your Studio sounds like a place that would be great to work in.

    4 years ago

  • angryhairjewelry

    angryhairjewelry says:

    Love your style and your inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • GoodAndOld

    GoodAndOld says:

    Nice work. Nice interview. What's even better is you are doing what you love and that you recognized it as a young man and went for it! Way to go and good luck to you and your shop.

    4 years ago

  • barkdecor

    barkdecor says:

    Seriously beautiful work. Love it all. Congratulations and much success!

    4 years ago

  • Myflowerhead

    Myflowerhead says:

    Congrats! Beautiful work... Love the IPad case!

    4 years ago

  • StudioCybele

    StudioCybele says:

    Gorgeous bags!

    4 years ago

  • Silverswanstudio16

    Silverswanstudio16 says:

    What wonderful creations and designs! Congratulations from one former Missourian to another!

    4 years ago

  • 12thAvenue

    12thAvenue says:

    Congratulations, your work is amazing and loved your interview as well.

    4 years ago

  • uniquefabricgifts

    uniquefabricgifts says:

    Beautiful work and great interview! Congratulations on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion says:

    Awesome work!

    4 years ago

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn says:

    You are an inspiration. I really enjoyed reading this article and getting an insight into your life and work. I have always said that it will be young people like yourself who will make the rest of the worlkd realise what is important.

    4 years ago

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife says:

    SUPER cool shop, artist and products. LOVE it all. Congrats on interview. xx Emily of EL Vintage

    4 years ago

  • StuffByKim

    StuffByKim says:

    I will be watching this shop and the wonderful talent that makes it what it is. This young man has a vision, it will be so inspiring to see it evolve.

    4 years ago

  • violintide

    violintide says:

    Great work! Congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • helenbobelen

    helenbobelen says:

    I wish you the most beautiful home and boundless creativity, Tielor. Congratulations...

    4 years ago

  • 3crows

    3crows says:

    love your work tielor, would like to see more just canvas pieces!

    4 years ago

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    KKSimpleRegalJewelry says:

    Congrats on the feature! ~Krista

    4 years ago

  • dayslonggone

    dayslonggone says:

    I love your work! Congrats on the FS!

    4 years ago

  • reyespaintings

    reyespaintings says:

    Really enjoyed reading your interview! All the best.

    4 years ago

  • NaturalandVintage

    NaturalandVintage says:

    great products! congrats!

    4 years ago

  • AntoinettesWhims

    AntoinettesWhims says:

    I love the classic time worn look to your pieces. You have a great eye!

    4 years ago

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos says:

    Wonderful interview!! Your shop is amazing!! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • leslieholz

    leslieholz says:

    Great article! Love the workmanship and mindset you posess. If everyone held these same values we would not have landfills dotting our beautiful country. Congratulations to you - your work is beautiful!

    4 years ago

  • lilacopera

    lilacopera says:

    I think one of the loveliest things about your shop is that you have a variety of price points, so that even the buyer with the tiniest pocketbook can own one of your stunning pieces! This says something about the kind of artist you are as well. Warmest congratulations on being featured!

    4 years ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage says:

    Great work! Inspiring story!

    4 years ago

  • Paukstukai

    Paukstukai says:

    I really love your items, been searching for a beatiful case for my ipad. Keep up the good work :)

    4 years ago

  • Paukstukai

    Paukstukai says:

    I really love your items, been searching for a beautiful case for my ipad. Keep up the good work :)

    4 years ago

  • packmatthews

    packmatthews says:

    Congrats to a fellow MidWesterner. Great interview. Love the work.

    4 years ago

  • SonAndHeirVintage

    SonAndHeirVintage says:

    amazing. congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • jojosvintagecupboard

    jojosvintagecupboard says:

    Your work is amazing! You are very talented! Congrats on the feature!!

    4 years ago

  • Poiriers

    Poiriers says:

    Congrats on being featured! Your work rocks!

    4 years ago

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign says:

    Amazing!!!!!! !!!!! !!!!!

    4 years ago

  • HolmesandWatson

    HolmesandWatson says:

    A very thorough and well-written interview. I absolutely love your shop too! Congratulations on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • thehappycouple

    thehappycouple says:

    I completely to relate to your comment about wanting to think about the things you've made. That is sometimes as exciting as actually making it, I can become completely distracted just thinking about things I've made and things I want to make.

    4 years ago

  • paperdiva27

    paperdiva27 says:

    What an interesting interview! Congrats on being featured. Your designs are functional and made with great quality. The reflection of the the past, a simpler time is ever present.

    4 years ago

  • HeatherLucille

    HeatherLucille says:

    Your commitment to quality, workmanship and integrity are inspiring. You can see that ethic shines through in your pieces - which are stunning. I hope you keep expanding your brand!

    4 years ago

  • PonieVintage

    PonieVintage says:

    fantastic feature!

    4 years ago

  • NomadStudio

    NomadStudio says:

    Love your products and your shop is beautiful! Also, your interview answers were extremely articulate, poetic and inspiring. Great work all around. :)

    4 years ago

  • SundayOwl

    SundayOwl says:

    Love the rustic feel of your pieces, and knowing that you make them in an old hardware store makes me love them even more. I wish you the best!

    4 years ago

  • MVDesignInk

    MVDesignInk says:

    Beautiful work, congratulations on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • wavyshell

    wavyshell says:

    I can relate to a lot of this...really great interview! m-

    4 years ago

  • tuesdaystulips

    tuesdaystulips says:

    Stopped my work entirely to read about this craftsman...I'm completely entrhralled...What an inspiration...Wishing Tielor peace and happiness and success ALWAYS...

    4 years ago

  • Toozoo

    Toozoo says:

    I truely appreciate your life choices you have have chosen to make a difference in the world.....each of us matter to this earth, we each need to upcycle, recycle and end the madness of low grade production on our planet today...yesterday is todays gift..repurpose

    4 years ago

  • johnyrocks

    johnyrocks says:

    Very nice work. Congrats.

    4 years ago

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights says:

    Great interview, love your work! Congrats on the FS!!!

    4 years ago

  • TheBerryPress

    TheBerryPress says:

    Keep on sewing, Thanks for the article, love your stuff!!

    4 years ago

  • TNTees

    TNTees says:

    congratulations and wishing you even more success to come

    4 years ago

  • BurkeHareCo

    BurkeHareCo says:


    4 years ago

  • Eccolo

    Eccolo says:

    Awesome, awesome story. And products that are just as great. Thanks so much for sharing and congrats!

    4 years ago

  • katabeyatunge

    katabeyatunge says:

    Just beautiful

    4 years ago

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete says:

    Wow, awesome products!! I can't wait to see your women's line. Congrats on your feature and continued success!!

    4 years ago

  • darby44621

    darby44621 says:

    Great interview; love this work, and this guy... very unique...

    4 years ago

  • milkysupplies

    milkysupplies says:

    Great story and work, I fell in love with your pieces and your workspace. Wish you a successful life!

    4 years ago

  • JenMcLamb

    JenMcLamb says:

    Nice work - love the insight into your creative process! Keep following your dreams!

    4 years ago

  • SusanKJewelry

    SusanKJewelry says:

    Love your products! I wish you much success. Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • klinker

    klinker says:

    yeah i'd love for you to make me a rain coat of waxed canvas! with a hood please!:)

    4 years ago

  • ziggyscloset

    ziggyscloset says:

    Love this interview. I wish he would have written this about himself on his websit vs. the 3rd person bio. Love your stuff!

    4 years ago

  • AustinJames

    AustinJames says:

    Cool workshop and Great products - love your work!

    4 years ago

  • retrosugarandspice

    retrosugarandspice says:

    What a great article! Your products are so rich and unique, and I can tell already through the monitor that these are high-quality materials. Great job!

    4 years ago

  • cartelle

    cartelle says:

    I was just checking out your shop a few days ago...and here you are! LOVE your designs, I think this feature is so well deserved! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • modculture

    modculture says:

    Your passion clearly comes through in the interview :) The quote I love the most is " What excites me the most is that this is only the beginning." Good Luck!

    4 years ago

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie says:

    What a great story. Congrats, FS well deserved!

    4 years ago

  • myothermind

    myothermind says:

    You are an artist worth reading about. I'm inspired by what you stand for and the values that you have as a person who is an artist. Much success to you on your journey to become the artist you aspire to be. A wonderful beginning indeed.

    4 years ago

  • PickUpSticksShop

    PickUpSticksShop says:

    Your work does Christen Hansen proud. Keep it up!

    4 years ago

  • gracecreations

    gracecreations says:

    I love a messy studio too. Very inspiring interview.

    4 years ago

  • lilinspirations

    lilinspirations says:

    Great inspiration! Congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • Guchokipa

    Guchokipa says:

    Congrats on the feature. I like your determination and work ethic. Very inspiring. Good luck!

    4 years ago

  • SusiesBoutiqueTLC

    SusiesBoutiqueTLC says:

    Great article. Love your work. I Know what you mean about going to bed at night and 100 creative ideas go through your mind.

    4 years ago

  • luamaejewelry

    luamaejewelry says:

    Great work through and through! Loved learning about you and your work. All the best with your dreams!

    4 years ago

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity says:

    Your work is really beautiful, in a quality, distressed, masculine way. Your workmanship looks top shelf. Continued success in the future! :)

    4 years ago

  • MrsNowak7

    MrsNowak7 says:

    Absolutely stunning work. Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • happybdaytome

    happybdaytome says:

    Wonderful story ,I just love your work !!! :)

    4 years ago

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago says:

    love your work and love your work. so i bought a little something, but will be back for more!!!! i love creative people and i enjoy being around them. One always feels the energy. great work! keep going! congrats!

    4 years ago

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist says:

    love the details in your designs. totally relate to the flood of ideas as you try to go to sleep!! congrats on the feature :)

    4 years ago

  • amyandpaper

    amyandpaper says:

    Completely inspirational story and wonderfully unique work! Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • TheGypsyShop

    TheGypsyShop says:

    Very Inspirational!

    4 years ago

  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt says:

    many more years of success and passionate creativity to you!! So happy to have you as Featured seller!!

    4 years ago

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi says:

    Great work ! Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • SkinnyKnits

    SkinnyKnits says:

    Love your work! Congrats on the feature and keep creating!!!!

    4 years ago

  • AliPearl88

    AliPearl88 says:

    I'm so glad you are featured! I just recently bought one of your passport wallets for my brother and it's beautiful.

    4 years ago

  • ChangedHeartBeads

    ChangedHeartBeads says:

    A beautiul and heartfelt interview. Thank you for sharing. My step father started as a display artist for Belk Leggit's decades ago, and went on to have a very successful sign business in Raleigh, NC. Your story reminded me of him. He's such a perfectionist and strives to do all things by hand, hand lettering, gold leafing, craving etc. He never adjusted to the newer sign business ways, as they didn't feel authenic to him. It seems appropriated that you're working in a field similar to your great great grandfather....makes one wonder if this is generic. I wish you the best with your business, and will continue to look for your new products. Congrats on the article.

    4 years ago

  • rosebudsvintage

    rosebudsvintage says:

    Tielor, first qudos for being featured you are an inspiration. Someone who really appreciates what came before and respects how it was made with quality and still endures. I marked both your canvas & leather roll top backpack as my favorites, just love them and all your items. Please keep up the great quality products and looking forward to your clothes, realizing good things are worth the wait. Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • TabbyRed

    TabbyRed says:

    Beautifully made. Congrats on making the brave step from the corporate world to being able to truly have free reign on your creativity!

    4 years ago

  • 2vcreative

    2vcreative says:

    Tremendous talent. Good luck in expanding TM1985.

    4 years ago

  • mostlyart

    mostlyart says:

    I truly enjoyed this interview, your writing/speaking is very captivating! Your passion for the work really shows in the pieces you make giving them soul, and clearly every piece will be treasured for many years to come.

    4 years ago

  • RouDesigns

    RouDesigns says:

    Nice work! Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • harmonyinlight

    harmonyinlight says:

    I enjoyed this interview. It exposed realistic ideas as well as a grace for times gone by. The piece I like the most is the description of your prize, (the quilt). Great interview and great shop.

    4 years ago

  • twaniahayesthompson

    twaniahayesthompson says:

    You have great talent and wishing you the best :)

    4 years ago

  • imtallru2

    imtallru2 says:

    Love, love, love your work and items. Army green (aka olive drab) is my all-time favourite color; lucky you, to get to work with all that lovely leather and vintage hardware. All the Best to you!

    4 years ago

  • lagoldenbiche

    lagoldenbiche says:

    I love your stuff! Congrats!

    4 years ago

  • barnheart

    barnheart says:

    I love your shop and I really love the canvas tote! Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • EllaJakob

    EllaJakob says:

    Wonderful feature. You are very talented. Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • EllaJakob

    EllaJakob says:

    Wonderful work. You are very talented. Congratulations!

    4 years ago

  • PaperInkPress

    PaperInkPress says:

    Congratulations on being a featured seller! I purchased your leather passport wallet for my husband for Christmas and he and I both loved it!! Can't wait for an excuse to get more of your awesome goods.

    4 years ago

  • AvasYellowRainBoots

    AvasYellowRainBoots says:

    Love your angled wallets Tielor, very cool!

    4 years ago

  • peshka

    peshka says:

    Such a beautiful work!

    4 years ago

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop says:

    More than interesting, beautiful work.

    4 years ago

  • asherjasper

    asherjasper says:

    Just commenting on your interview before I dive into your shop :) Loved what you had to say (especially the part about seeing yourself mirrored in the photograph of your great great grandfather - what a wonderful connection!)- congrats on the feature.

    4 years ago

  • HeTouchedMe

    HeTouchedMe says:

    4 years ago

  • ShylaTroyer

    ShylaTroyer says:

    Wanted to tell you -this was good. You are inspiring. Genuine. God made you that way! You are glorifying him with your art! Blessings!

    4 years ago

  • FunkyFriendsFactory

    FunkyFriendsFactory says:

    Hi Tielor - Nice work :)

    4 years ago

  • CabinCastle

    CabinCastle says:

    I love your connection to the past and your excitement about the future. Very inspiring. Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • YouniquesRings

    YouniquesRings says:

    Wow congrats! Love your product :)

    4 years ago

  • marcgounard

    marcgounard says:

    Great, simple line, congratulation.

    4 years ago

  • ppappappiyo

    ppappappiyo says:

    Congratulations. Great work.

    4 years ago

  • OldLadyWhite

    OldLadyWhite says:

    Amazing young man! What an inspiring story! Always follow your dreams and never allow anyone or anything to steal your joy! God Bless You and may you have many more creative days ahead!

    4 years ago

  • Gelada

    Gelada says:

    I really dig your stuff !!

    4 years ago

  • cottonbirddesigns

    cottonbirddesigns says:

    Beautiful work, great interview congrats!

    4 years ago

  • moralesnaomi

    moralesnaomi says:

    You are very inspiring! Congratulations! I wish you the best of luck!

    4 years ago

  • OliveLongstocking

    OliveLongstocking says:

    Yeah !!! I love a messy studio too !! Thank goodness Im not the only one !!! Your work is amazing.............. earthy, energizing and organic....................... Keep doing what you love and continued success X

    4 years ago

  • bernabermek

    bernabermek says:

    great works! congrats!

    4 years ago

  • nicolabaker1

    nicolabaker1 says:

    Fab feature and great work.

    4 years ago

  • twitchandwhiskers

    twitchandwhiskers says:

    I loved hearing about your great-great grandfather. What an amazing connection!

    4 years ago

  • slappytheseal

    slappytheseal says:

    Loved reading about your great great grandfather and how much he inspired you! Well done!

    4 years ago

  • Ainurcrochet

    Ainurcrochet says:

    Cooll!! Realy awesome work..Congratulations

    4 years ago

  • tiarasnbows

    tiarasnbows says:

    Great interview!! Outstanding work! :) CONGRATS!

    4 years ago

  • knitfitt

    knitfitt says:

    Please, please, please make a wallet for women! And, have you seen Lucien Freud's rag pile? Another studio to love.

    4 years ago

  • TheJoyofColor

    TheJoyofColor says:

    Love what you make , your attitude to handmade and design, congratulations

    4 years ago

  • seasonedantiques

    seasonedantiques says:

    Amazing!! I love your work and your passion to create!!! Congratulations!!

    4 years ago

  • prettydistressed

    prettydistressed says:

    Tielor McBride will be a household name someday. Amazing work!

    4 years ago

  • todomini

    todomini says:

    Congratulations!! Great interview & Beautiful creations!!

    4 years ago

  • SlopingBarnVintage

    SlopingBarnVintage says:

    Your products are gorgeous and I love your attention to detail in your work and in your thoughtful answers for this interview. Congratulations!!

    4 years ago

  • meshedesigns

    meshedesigns says:

    I really enjoyed your interview, I love the part about your memoir title. I love to create and then ponder about my product. It usually brings me a creative energy, craftsmanship is impeccable. Much success to you!

    4 years ago

  • artbitz

    artbitz says:

    Very insightful interview, and beautiful work!

    4 years ago

  • NicoleNicoletta2

    NicoleNicoletta2 says:

    congrats, your shop is wonderful. i think my memoir would have a similiar title.

    4 years ago

  • AdoroMe

    AdoroMe says:


    4 years ago

  • Shab2Chic

    Shab2Chic says:

    Congratulations... Your work is fabulous! I enjoyed your interview and wish you a lifetime of success and happiness. love the Pony Envelope and iPad case.....Favoring you for future purchases!

    4 years ago

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth says:

    A maker and a thinker. Nicely done.

    4 years ago

  • aliptac

    aliptac says:

    You are DEFINITELY an artist! Your work is imaginative, well constructed and beautiful. I wish I could visit your workspace, I'm sure it's very inspiring. Keep up the great work, this is really your niche!

    4 years ago

  • Craftelina

    Craftelina says:

    Well done! Wishing you all the best. We liked your products a lot. Many thanks for the intervew. :)

    4 years ago

  • BrightonCrock

    BrightonCrock says:

    Wow, he really makes some lovely things.

    4 years ago

  • 4EnvisioningVintage

    4EnvisioningVintage says:

    Beautiful craftsmanship & a great interview!

    4 years ago

  • wwbc

    wwbc says:

    Great work! Terrific interview!

    4 years ago

  • pattimendenhall

    pattimendenhall says:

    I really admire what you're doing. How great to see someone who appreciates history, aka "his story", and uses it as inspiration to create. I love your vintage Singer, I have one too!! Keep up the great work!!!

    4 years ago

  • lovodesign

    lovodesign says:

    Great feature Tielor! You are living proof that a great market for quality products exists. Godspeed!

    4 years ago

  • shopbobbi

    shopbobbi says:

    great interview...lovely work!

    4 years ago

  • EvyDaywear

    EvyDaywear says:

    I really respect that you realized that Polo was no longer feeding your creative mind and you were brave enough to step away from the swaddle of monetary comfort, albeit temporarily to realign yourself to your true purpose. "Bravo" for being true to yourself.

    4 years ago

  • cupcakegangster

    cupcakegangster says:

    Congratulations on the feature! beautiful pieces!

    4 years ago

  • Aimeekleejewelry

    Aimeekleejewelry says:

    Wonderful work! It amazes me everyday how many talented people there are out there.

    4 years ago

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving says:

    Thank you. I really enjoyed reading about your craft and beliefs. Especially about having quality standard and integrity of the products of yesteryear. You are quite a craftsman and an artist to articulate your sketches in finished products. Your studio sounds like a haven...Congratulations on the feature and continued success to you.

    4 years ago

  • grandmae1

    grandmae1 says:

    Your interview was very nice, the work lovely, BUT you are not a maker...YOU ARE AN ARTIST!!!!! True artists are always improving the space around themselves even when the space is temporary. Your companion must be very proud of you!

    4 years ago

  • 3HootStudio

    3HootStudio says:

    You have found your calling. Your pieces are timeless. They could have been found in my grandparent's closet or purchased at a luxury leather goods store. Your attention to detail and use of vintage materials is very invigorating. I am inspired to make my own little piece of history. I am torn however, do I make my own wallet or purchase one of yours? Thank you for the dilemma.

    4 years ago

  • kararane

    kararane says:

    thank You for sharing.. wonderful to know of the detailed process, as well as your commitment to the craft. This is exactly where the return to quality begins.. a 'retro-lution'.

    4 years ago

  • hellobinturong

    hellobinturong says:

    beautiful work!

    4 years ago

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad says:

    great interview - great shop!! congrats!

    4 years ago

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    OnlyOriginalsByAJ says:

    Really beautiful work! Congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill says:

    Beautiful work and post, thank you !

    4 years ago

  • YetiShack

    YetiShack says:

    Wow! Congrats on the feature! Your work is inspirational and lovely to look at. You can nearly smell the leather and feel the texture through your pictures. Sleep seems to be highly underrated in the creative process - nice to hear it tends to be a solution for you. Love the idea that you are constantly tweaking your surroundings so that the space you create in is one you also find inspirational. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing your story!

    4 years ago

  • christianesutherland

    christianesutherland says:

    Hello Tielor! Loved your style! Congratulations!! I also think about how long my ceramics are going to last when I'm packing them... Hopefully many generations!! Hugs from Arizona!

    4 years ago

  • thegirlsmom

    thegirlsmom says:

    One of the best featured sellers I have seen! I love that his commitment to quality is priority....its why folks like vintage items so much....they have stood the test of time! best of luck!!

    4 years ago

  • TheWinglessDesigns

    TheWinglessDesigns says:

    These are absolutely gorgeous! Gotta love the Pony Envelope - wow! Well done.

    4 years ago

  • cratgo

    cratgo says:

    last image is flipped, pretty sure,

    4 years ago

  • TresChicNmodern

    TresChicNmodern says:


    4 years ago

  • BonTons

    BonTons says:

    Great feature, love your work!

    4 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle says:

    Love your article. Beautiful work, and I wish you all the best!

    4 years ago

  • redbarnmarketplace

    redbarnmarketplace says:

    "all i've ever wanted to do was make things..." Loved your interview! And love that you are from KANSAS CITY - Im in Ct now but KC at heart! congrats on your feature and I wish you much success!

    4 years ago

  • LidiDesign

    LidiDesign says:

    Congrats on the feature! Love your work! Best wishes and keep up the great work!

    4 years ago

  • MIDesign

    MIDesign says:

    I totally enjoyed reading about your life and really like your interview quote. I wish you the very best of success with your venture. Mel

    4 years ago

  • FauxFurPetBakery

    FauxFurPetBakery says:

    Wow! I'm blown away. Your work is exquisite. I am from and still live in Kansas City. Kansas City - "The Show Me State". Keep "showing" your awesome talent and beautiful workmanship. I will definitely support you as an artist and native of this great city.

    4 years ago

  • kristinlarsonjewelry

    kristinlarsonjewelry says:

    Incredible! What you are doing is really something special. Congrats on the feature; it is well deserved. Your story is great and your work is stunning. I love how your work harkins back to your past. Beautifully done! I will certainly spread the word. Best wishes for a fruitful future! Now off to share your work on facebook...

    4 years ago

  • MoonSunWorld

    MoonSunWorld says:

    Wonderful! Many blessings of success

    4 years ago

  • PassingMomentPhotos

    PassingMomentPhotos says:

    An awesome story! Good luck to you in your future and thank you for the inspiration!

    4 years ago

  • TLCLyn

    TLCLyn says:

    I appreciate that you appreciate the value of craftsmanship. Thank you for adopting the ideal that something made should be treasured and should last. Great Success to you in your future!

    4 years ago

  • harajukuchic

    harajukuchic says:


    4 years ago

  • Corvid337

    Corvid337 says:

    would be nice if Etsy featured one of the 'little people' on here for once, instead of sellers who don't really need the feature...

    4 years ago

  • filmshirley

    filmshirley says:

    It's great to see someone who really does nice work and is able to talk about their work intelligently. I love your wallets!

    4 years ago

  • ruchla

    ruchla says:

    Stunning work!

    4 years ago

  • wire4653

    wire4653 says:

    Congrats on being a featured artist!! You are truly inspiring and have a wonderful vision for your future. Best of luck to you!!!

    4 years ago

  • Nicoleyy1221

    Nicoleyy1221 says:

    wow. It's so great. I like your leather work.

    4 years ago

  • SweetmadeCosmetics

    SweetmadeCosmetics says:

    Fantastic....have fun creating!

    4 years ago

  • mycrochetgarden

    mycrochetgarden says:

    Enjoyable and interesting read. Kudos for being strong enough to leave a job that was not making your soul happy. Love the first picture of you and your work space. You're quite handsome. Thank you for your candor and honesty. I think you will be quite successful in your craft, for many reasons. May you be richly blessed.

    4 years ago


    BANJOandBONE says:

    very inspirational read, TM1985. I loved your comment about the link between the present and the past. I also found out not too long back, that way down my family line, the first of my surname on record was a shoemaker from Amsterdam. I wish you all the best!

    4 years ago

  • bogARTstudiogallery

    bogARTstudiogallery says:

    love your lifestyle design approach, and your stuff, it's awesome.

    4 years ago

  • MotsDots

    MotsDots says:

    You are an absolute DOLL... such a thoughtful and insightful person. I loved reading about your shop, but mostly I loved reading about YOU and the way you think and create. Fascinating! (And your boyfriend is one lucky dude!)

    4 years ago

  • WeAreCreatures

    WeAreCreatures says:

    Beautiful work. Great Interview! All the best, Ev & Em

    4 years ago

  • juliacakevintage

    juliacakevintage says:

    I agree with myvintagecrush up above! Your work is really beautiful. . .and additionally, I bet you could REALLY knock us out with some womens leather bags! I hope to one day see them. It was really great to read your story. :-)

    4 years ago

  • TidbitsOfColor

    TidbitsOfColor says:

    Looks like nice pieces you make. Sounds fun to be renovating your apt. Even that is being creative.

    4 years ago

  • Caracarmina

    Caracarmina says:

    Loved the photos and the interview is super interesting... I agree with you, sleep is such a good way of freshing up! very nice thing, loved the wallet and the Tote bag! :D good luck! your work is amazing! would love to see your houseware line! :D

    4 years ago

  • aspendreams

    aspendreams says:

    Congrats on your feature. I wanted to read it before it went off the front page, but I found you anyway. You have very nice quality pieces.

    4 years ago

  • gypsumrose

    gypsumrose says:

    love it, and understand what you mean about sleep! congrats, well deserved :)

    4 years ago

  • junkgarden

    junkgarden says:

    What an inspiring story and great craftsmanship! Congrats on the feature!

    4 years ago

  • tasteen2000

    tasteen2000 says:

    Genius! And, such a great intellect with a pefect vision. Very inspirational!

    4 years ago

  • InSearchOf

    InSearchOf says:

    Tielor!!! omg are u serious! I cant believe this when I scrolled down and saw you featured...incredible really and a brilliant interview...guess we know who the next RL will be, so proud of you! <3 <3 <3 much success and happiness always!

    4 years ago

  • ezliving

    ezliving says:

    Love your work! Congratulation!

    4 years ago

  • willclock

    willclock says:

    My dream studio!I think that here I will improve the efficiency of 30%! If your sewing machine is again old,I think it's perfect!Try hand sewing,It's pure bliss,but it is time consuming

    4 years ago

  • willclock

    willclock says:

    Supplement:Every day I spend 1 hours in tidy up my studio!Awful!

    4 years ago

  • AZALEAstudio

    Azalea from AZALEAstudio says:

    Beautiful work and what an insightful person. I'm older and i don"t think i have it figured out as well as him! I'm near Kansas City...hello from the Midwest!

    4 years ago

  • YellEureKa

    Mena N from MyFlowerWorld says:

    I love your work !! And I TO get the best ideas as soon as my head hits the is always at night!!!

    4 years ago

  • Tiffabulous

    Tiff Alaine from TiffAllyB says:

    Great interview and wonderful style. I grew up with the "if you want something make it yourself" attitude, and totally get that unconventional way of thinking. Those bags make me want to put a camera and a journal/sketchbook in them and go on an adventure. p.s. Is it just me or does that first picture look like Ashton Kutcher? Not that it matters. Just sayin. :)

    4 years ago

  • geobellv

    Georgia from geobellv says:

    Very beautiful work. It's inspiring to see that there are people out there who really love making things with their hands.

    4 years ago

  • torcdesigns

    Josh Williams from TorcEmporium says:

    Sweet! Love the interview and the artists' work.

    4 years ago