Reiner Henneveld was born in Germany in 1939 and spent his youth working in the garment and manufacturing business. At the ripe young age of 21, Reiner embarked on an adventure with his brother when they moved to the beautiful country of Canada. There, they started a business called Canadian Handicraft and Furs where Reiner designed and manufactured leather clothing and accessories. His close attention to detail and commitment to quality earned him a sparkling reputation with local retail companies. To satisfy an influx of tourists in Montreal, Reiner began building leather animal keepsakes for tourists. Word spread about these products, and as they gained popularity, Reiner opened two showrooms in Quebec and Montreal. After having his first child, a bouncing baby boy, he moved with his family to Ontario, where he created his first animal-shaped ottoman in the shape of a pig, which he named after his pet pig, Wilbur. When Reiner’s second son was born, he taught his boys the family business. After his passing in the year 2000, his sons made the decision to preserve their father’s legacy by taking over the business and spreading it across North America.
Reiner’s commitment to quality has been passed on from generation to generation, and his legacy continues to live on through the work we do today.
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