About Us

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Why Choose Papa’s Leather?

Papa’s Leather has one focus; QUALITY.  When you wear a Papa’s Leather; Jacket, Vest, or Chaps you are wearing a tried and tested garment that will last.  We pride ourselves on using premium leathers, trusted hardware, and stylish designs.

Papa’s Leather has been in business for over 17 years.  We have watched trends come and go.  We’ve seen brands and builders come and go.  However, Papa’s Leather has stayed true to our roots.  We are and will always be focused on the rider and their needs

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Our Vision

Is to impact those around us in a positive way!

We believe that we do not just sell leather jackets, we believe that we are providing the opportunity for someone to enjoy their motorcycle.  We believe that when you feel safe, comfortable, and knowledgeable you will ride more miles.  When you ride more miles you enjoy life.

At Papa’s Leather, our vision is to ensure you have the right gear, even if that means we do not make the sale.  We will never place profit above your safety, the Leather Jacket, Helmet or Boots must be the right fit for your application or we will not sell them.  We want you to have a positive experience with our team and our company.

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History of the Company

In 1995 Rusty Harris, a long-time motorcycle enthusiast, began selling leather motorcycle apparel at motorcycle rallies across the country. Starting with a 10×10 popup tent, his dodge pickup truck and his german shepherd Guyman, Rusty soon upgraded to a box truck and full-size tent.

As his operation grew so did his family, Rusty was blessed with two daughters and traveling the country soon became more difficult. As fate would have it Rusty had a show cancel in Colorado and he filled his schedule with a show in OKC.  Having many friends and family in Oklahoma dating back to his college days at Bethany Nazarene College, an opportunity presented itself that weekend to open a brick and mortar store and Papa’s Leather was born.

Rusty partnered with a local businessman, Tim Sechrist who also had a passion for riding motorcycles and Christ.  In November 2002 Rusty and Tim opened up their first store and Rusty moved his family from Colorado Springs to Bethany OK.

As the Store’s popularity grew and they looked to hire their first employees. Tim turned to his nephew who had recently moved to Oklahoma from Texas to manage the store.  Rusty also hired a Mustang native to help with the roadshows. Tyson Smith and Ryan Quinlan had no idea what was in store for them, but over the next few years, they would find more than just a job.  They would find faith, friendship and a future.

In 2008, Rusty bought Tim’s 50% ownership and opened another location on the southside of Oklahoma City.  Around this time Rusty made an agreement that someday Papa’s Leather could belong to Ryan and Tyson if they would stick with it and help grow the business.

So in 2017 when Rusty decided to retire and move on to new endeavors, Rusty made good on his promise.  Tyson and Ryan became the new owners of Papa’s Leather.

The growth and success of this business could not have been achieved without the help from our customers and employees.  It is our employees that bring our customers back, and without our customers, we would have no business.