Souldier is an independent design manufacturer, fusing aesthetic textile creation with functionality. The unique merchandise is inspired by musicians and created for the connoisseur looking to express their inner spirit.
After years of knitting, sewing, crafting, creating, imagining, and inventing, they decided to put the projects to rest and share their hobbies with friends. The first guitar straps were created as ambitious presents for guitarists in local Chicago band, The Lesser Scene, who performed initial quality control tests. Violin and viola case straps were then customized for chamber group, Quartet Parapluie, who command a crowd at Danny’s bar in Wicker Park on lucky Friday nights. Their enthusiasm and encouragement drove them to take the products to the public. First ‘official’ showing at Intonation Fest, 2006 featured guitar straps with an added line of belts, handbags, messenger bags, and apparel. First custom orders rolled in, so did members from the weekends headlining band, The Streets, and their support and praise was enough to realize that people appreciated the selection, beauty, and craftsmanship. Since this first shows, the product line has expanded to include bass guitar straps, banjo straps, camera straps, sax straps, additional apparel items.
At Souldier, all of the products are handmade in Chicago. Souldier do not outsource to other agents and pride themselves on the craftsmanship of any product. The straps and hand cut leather ends carry a lifetime warranty that Souldier is proud to standby. Souldier straps are not designed for the masses, but for those are committed to their craft. Support the independent lifestyle!