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A Tradition of Family, Quality, and Integrity - The Overland Heritage Since 1973

Jim Leahy started Overland Sheepskin Co. in 1973
Jim Leahy

In 1973 my brother, Jim Leahy, arrived in Taos, New Mexico with a bale of sheepskins, a sewing machine, and a notion that if you did something right the rest would take care of itself. He set up the first Overland store—a humble adobe shop between the rugged Sangre de Cristo range and the Rio Grande Valley, where sheepskin had been long revered for its luxurious warmth.

There, fresh out of high school, the young entrepreneur created beautiful, high-quality sheepskin coats, hats, mittens, and slippers—meticulously cutting and stitching everything by hand.

Word quickly spread about the quality and craftsmanship of Overland’s products, and soon it was impossible for Jim to keep up with the growing demand. So he invited fellow Taos craftspeople and artisans to work with him.

As Overland Sheepskin Co.'s reputation for excellence continued to grow, the store soon expanded into the current shop north of Taos at the foot of Taos Mountain.

Overland in Taos, New Mexico
Overland in Taos, New Mexico

In 1976, our parents, Jerry and Marge, came to manage a second Overland store in the Old Market section of Omaha, and in 1977 my wife, Nancy, and I joined the company to manage operations.

More than 40 years, 12 more stores, and one thriving internet business later, Overland continues to expand and flourish. Today, our product line has grown from a handful of shearling coats to over 1,500 styles of premium apparel and home products, all with the Overland stamp of excellence. We now offer an extensive collection of the finest shearling coats, designer leather jackets, luxurious fur & fabric coats, footwear, premium clothing, and sheepskin & leather handbags.

Overland 1982 Catalog Cover
Overland 1982 Catalog Cover

Our styles range from rugged Western to the most elegant of classic and contemporary fashions. We are also well-known for our luxurious home and auto accessories, including sheepskin and cowhide rugs, designer rugs and pillows, sheepskin car seat covers, and more.

These days, our merchandise comes from a select group of fine vendors—some of whom still craft their products by hand, and all of whom display extraordinary attention to detail and quality. Since the hand stitching of our very first sheepskin coat, our business has been fueled by a dedication to impeccable craftsmanship and quality.

In addition to our website and catalog business, Overland operates fourteen unique stores—eight of which are located in ski resort towns in the Rockies.

Overland Sheepskin Co.'s headquarters is a 4 story, 25,000 sq. ft. barn located near Fairfield, Iowa. Nearly all our merchandise is received here in our distribution center, and then shipped daily to our web and catalog customers, and to our thirteen other stores.

Overland Coats, The finest quality sheepskin and leather coats since 1973.
Fine Sheepskin & Leather Since 1973

Through Overland's exponential growth over the years, the small family shop atmosphere has remained the backbone of our business, and the integrity of our products is the reason for its success. Our company is currently owned and managed by 3 generations of the Leahy family, who work on everything from product design and purchasing to customer service and shipping.

At the heart of Overland Sheepskin Co.'s operations, Jerry and Marge Leahy are general managers who are heavily involved in financial management, production, merchandising, inventory, product development, store design and much more. Jerry is also our resident shearling seat cover expert. Mea Lama, my sister, has a hand in everything from product development and sourcing to importing, store design, and merchandising.

My daughters April and Amber are also integral. April plays a crucial role as our Internet Shipping Manager. Amber is almost solely responsible for product development in furs and leathers—a huge part of the business—yet still finds time to help oversee store operations and catalog development, among other things. And last but certainly far from least, our Overland staff is an invaluable part of our extended family.

The 4 Generation Leahy Family
Left to right: Jennifer, Raven, Mea, Jim, Jerry, Marge, April, Jean Paul, Adrian, Amber, & Olivia
Front: Roger, Julian, & Sam

At Overland Sheepskin Co., our goal is to provide you with a unique shopping experience and quality products that bring you pleasure for years to come. We thank you, our customers, for the opportunity to do what we love, and what we do best.

 

All the best,


Roger Leahy, and the Leahy Family

 
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