Independence Day

Collection of Red, White & Blue Art Pottery (LEO Design)

Happy Independence Day!  

On this day in 1995 (I remember it well), I was on my hands-and-knees, belt-sanding the floor in my first shop, 413 Bleecker Street.  The shop was to open in a month—and there was no time for a day off.  But it didn't matter: I was independent, I was my own boss, I was taking the first few steps off of an interesting and fulfilling career as a shopkeeper.

This year—twenty-eight years later—I probably still will spend (at least) a little time at work.  I'm leaving on vacation in five day's time and need to make use of the time.

I guess some things don't change!  As in 1995, I still live a life on-deadline.  But I'm still independent—still interested and fulfilled.

Enjoy your Fourth of July!


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248