The leather goods business of King Ranch originated in those chaotic years following the Civil War. Captain King, the founder of King Ranch needed saddles that were durable, yet lightweight, comfortable to ride, yet easy on the horses' backs. Unsuccessful in finding saddles of this quality, he hired experienced craftsmen who could make them and soon began operating his own saddlery. The fame of King Ranch custom saddles and durable leather goods, which carried the Running W brand, quickly spread throughout the Southwest and brought with it the need to fill orders for outside customers. The aim was to offer ranchers and cowboys, in an ever-widening territory, saddles and accessories of a quality and style suited to meet every need of the harsh range. The King Ranch Saddle Shop continues to practice what the early saddlemakers had learned. In materials, only the best is good enough, and in styling, simplicity has its own elegance. Beyond saddles, The King Ranch Saddle Shop offers an array of luggage, outdoor gear, mens and women’s apparel and accessories along with business accessories and home furnishings. At the King Ranch Saddle Shop pop-up at Century Square, you will find many new and exclusive products along with old favorites, a few anecdotes on King Ranch history, and a variety of photographs taken on the Santa Gertrudis, Laureles, Norias, and Encino divisions of the King Ranch. We will have a 6’ antler tree and South Texas taxidermy. The hands have changed, but the techniques, craftsmanship, skill, and pride are all the same timeless quality that King Ranch has been long known for.
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