Souldier started by making guitar straps as presents for guitarists in local Chicago band, The Lesser Scene, who performed initial quality control tests. Violin and viola case straps were then customized for chamber group, Quartet Parapluie, who command a crowd at Danny’s bar in Wicker Park on lucky Friday nights. Their first ‘official’ showing at Intonation Fest, 2006 featured their guitar straps with an added line of belts, handbags, messenger bags, and apparel. As their first custom orders rolled in, so did members from the weekends headlining band, The Streets, and their support and praise was enough to realize that people appreciated the selection, beauty, and craftsmanship. Since their first shows, their product line has expanded to include bass guitar straps, banjo straps, camera straps, sax straps, additional apparel items.
All their products are handmade in Chicago. They do not outsource to other agents and pride themselves on the craftsmanship of their product.