The family business sends 1,000 aprons to restaurants across the country.
CHARLOTTE, NC – A small Charlotte-based leather goods company is making a big impact across the country, giving back in ways that you don’t expect.
The company olpr. Leather Goods Co. makes leather aprons and decided to thank the customers who helped them survive the pandemic by returning the favor.
Pavel and Julia Prannyk are the Ukrainian husband and wife team behind olpr. Leather Goods Cie. They started their business in an apartment in 2014 selling on Etsy and now have a factory in Mooresville and a storefront in Charlotte.
They make hand-made leather-bound books, watch straps, and more, but their custom-designed aprons are their most popular item, especially in the restaurant and hospitality industry.
Before COVID-19, most of their bulk orders came from restaurants.
It was these wholesale orders that supported them at the start of the pandemic. Now that their business has returned, they have wanted to help some of their customers who are still struggling.
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“We remember what they did for us before COVID, which is why we decided that we can show you how much we care about ourselves, and even though with small actions we can show that we are really grateful, ”said Julia Prannyk.
The couple donate 1,000 aprons to small local restaurants across the country.
Nick Sharp owns restaurants in Miami and couldn’t believe someone would just gift him 20 aprons.
“I got the email and thought it was a scam,” Sharp said, adding, “Your apron is a really personalized thing – whether it’s the bartender, the chef, everyone. has her own apron. It’s a really personal thing so it’s a really nice gift for people to get. “
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He says it’s another example of the lesson many of us learned in 2020: We’re all connected.
“So as we reopen you see people a little more aware and grateful for working together and willing to help each other out, because without one of those links the chain breaks,” Sharp said.
Pavel Prannyk agrees and is happy to be able to give back.
“It makes me really proud,” Pavel Prannyk said. “These people are helping us make our business and now we want to help them – I’m proud that we can help them.”
the 1000 Aprons Campaign is in progress. So far, more than a dozen restaurants in California, Florida, New York and Texas have received batches of aprons.