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"I think we have a culture at Moore & Giles where you can try and fail, and it’s okay to make mistakes; even though we never want to make mistakes, it's part of it. Gosh, we have so many ideas and it's really about finding the right time, the right product, and marrying the perfect marketing and merchandising to it." Elizabeth Stroud

Moore & Giles
Founded 1933
Forest, VA

About Moore & Giles

Moore & Giles was founded in 1933 by Donald Graeme Moore in Lynchburg, VA, at the height of the Great Depression. Originally a supplier of “findings”, Moore sold a broad range of components used in footwear constructions to manufacturers in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. His humble business was expanded when Moore’s son-in-law, W. Vernon Giles, joined as partner. Moore & Giles has stayed in the family ever since with Mr. Moore’s grandson, Donald Moore Giles, serving the company for over 50 years, from 1966-2018.

Up until the 1980s, Moore & Giles’ primary business had been shoe upper leather, leather lining, and sole leather, representing a variety of domestic tanneries. In the early 1990s, the company shifted its focus to the home furnishings industry and, consequently, more natural tannages and finishes. These pioneering efforts brought a fashion approach to home furnishings that showcased the visual and tactile beauty of natural leather. The turn of the century saw the business expand its focus from residential manufacturers to an even larger base of architects, specifiers and interior designers, primarily in the high-end hospitality, residential and aviation design arenas. From the rooms of top hotels to the interiors of celebrated restaurants and artfully designed homes, Moore & Giles leathers grace some of the most exciting and exclusive design projects in the world.