To continue down the creative path, in 2015 TCO started working with leather and canvas for our own tool/work bags and aprons. The mechanics at the shop set up a full leather workbench. When Christmas came around they wanted to test the waters and made a batch of leather valet trays to sell as Christmas gifts, mainly to see if people were even interested in these time-consuming and handcrafted items in a world that's taken over by click-now-and-get-it-tomorrow reality. Turned out that people loved the valet trays and our other mechanic friends at bike shops around the US loved the aprons and bags.. Customers started to make requests for other leather goods. With that encouragement we have continued making gear and Rogue Journeymen is an operation of its own.
Rogue Journeymen was founded in late 2015 by the mechanics of Topanga Creek Outpost which is an outdoor adventure bicycle shop that's been operating since 1999. Rogue Journeymen's mantra The Spirit of Finding Your Own Way can be traced way back when Chris, the founder of Topanga Creek Outpost, felt restless in the original Hollywood location, escaped the urban sprawl by relocating the bike shop to Topanga Canyon in 2008. To further pursue everyone’s passion for adventure cycling and mountain biking, Chris and the rest of the mechanics decided to stop carrying the lucrative line of road bikes and urban bikes, and only focus on getting people out on adventures with bikepacking bikes, mountain bikes and touring gear. While being deeply immersed in Topanga's creative energy, the crew continued to find their way and ended up pursuing a new creative outlet outside the bike world.
In 2015, leatherworking was added to list of creative endeavors of TCO. While "Rogue Journeyman" was the original name of the leatherworking brand, we have now focus on Topanga Creek Outpost as a parent to all the different paths we have taken.