Have you seen the signature leather drink holster from Drink Slings yet? It is one of the coolest groomsmen gifts we’ve ever seen especially for western themed weddings or barn weddings. When Andrew Houston quit his job after a move and became a stay-at-home dad to his 2 year old and newborn, he began hand making leather beer holsters as a way to make some extra money. He never dreamed it would turn into the successful business known today as Drink Slings! We’re sharing his wonderful story in our latest “About the Artist” series at Emmaline Bride. Read on for the full interview and get an discount code exclusively for Emmaline Bride readers…
Leather Drink Holster – Drink Slings
Our interview with Drink Slings LLC founder, Andrew Houston, begins below!
When did Drink Slings begin?
“Drink Slings LLC began in February 2012.”
How did you begin your business?
“I began hand making leather beer holsters as a way to make some extra money. I recently had quit my job as a personal trainer because we moved and I became the stay at home dad with a newborn and a 2 yr old. Needless to say, it was a crazy time to start a new business with some serious head spinning. It didn’t take long to see that I was on to something. I quickly added a leather bicycle cup holder for personal reasons, and then had two main products. I was working out of my kitchen and garage at first, but am now in a great studio with an amazing view of the park city ski resorts and olympic bobsled track. I was asked to customize 100 beer holsters for a wedding, that’s what started my wedding focus. I genuinely enjoy helping couples create a great indispensable gift.”
Here are some pictures of Andrew, his beautiful wife, and their kids!
Tell us more about your products.
“Since the beginning, I have added a few more products. I sell a less expensive canvas beer holster, stainless steel can coolers, stainless wrapped in leather, and the same options for a handlebar mounted bicycle cup holder. In addition, drink slings for saddles, bottle opener holsters, and a range of custom products where I help customers create that they want.”
When is your favorite time of day to design new products?
What inspires your designs?
“I am most inspired by the outdoors.”
What is your best-selling product right now?
“My personalized leather drink sling beer holsters.”
What kinds of materials do you work with?
“I use 100% veg tanned cow hide leather.”
What do you like best about working with couples?
“I enjoy helping couples create great gifts for their groomsmen, bridesmaids, groom, bride, and wedding favors. I love the excitement they show and nothing is better than a great review. I love making these gifts for them knowing the person will keep and use this for a long time.”
On social media, your favorite network is…
“Facebook!” (You can follow Drink Slings on Facebook here!)
Do you have new products coming out soon?
“Yes — sunglasses hanger / storage for bikes.”
What is your best wedding advice in 10 words or less?
“Plan ahead and give plenty of time.”
Do you have a discount code right now?
“Yes! Use code EMMALINE in my Etsy shop for a 15% discount until May 31st.”
Thanks for talking to us today, Andrew!
– – –
Get your leather drink holster…
To get your leather drink holster, visit Drink Slings! Don’t forget to use the promo code above for savings on your order.