Like all good fashion tips, I learned about the exquisite leather feather earrings carved by Paul Burnett from a stylish lady in a local New Mexican restaurant in Albuquerque. Upon admiring the colorful feathers in her ears, she immediately replied to me,” Oh, don’t you know? These earrings can only be found at Cordon y Cuero in Taos, New Mexico. I buy a pair every time I go to Taos. At Christmas, everybody I know gets a pair.” Of course, the lady that gave me the tip was no ordinary lady. She was a California hip blonde who seemed to know how to get noticed by everyone even in a pair of faded jeans and cowboy boots. Her rock n’ roll meets classic New Mexico Bohemian Style was enough to send me searching for my very own pair of leather feather earrings. This is how my own personal collection began. The next time I went to Taos, I hunted down the shop and purchased my first pair of Paul Burnett designed Leather Feather Earrings.
On my last trip to Taos, I was set on purchasing my third pair of the very rare leather earrings and sharing my experience at Cordon y Cuero with my new blog followers at Girl in Casita. My visit was absolutely delightful thanks to the owner, Jaya Knapp. She was very gracious and told me all about the history of the leather earrings that I had grown so fond of. Much to my dismay, she informed me that the original leather earring artist, Paul Burnett, passed away unexpectedly last year. It was now his wife, Karen who was carrying on the tradition. All that was left of the original Paul Burnett collection was sold out within days of the well known artists’ passing. Only recently had Karen, his wife, began to take up the craft and stock the shelves with the Paul Burnett inspired earrings. I knew that I had in my possession two pairs or the artists’ original designs and I was planning to purchase my third pair, a Karen Burnett design that day. Jaya kindly pulled out the tray of colorful earrings and I eventually settled upon a pair of Falcon Feathers in gray, black, and white which can be seen in the lower right hand corner of the picture below.
If you go to Taos, New Mexico, I recommend that you make a point to visit Jaya at 205 Camino de la Placita. She has a fine selection of leather goods that will not fail to please. Even if you never make it to Taos, give her a call and have a pair of the famed leather earrings shipped to your doorstep. Your friends won’t stop asking, “Where did you get those?” What a story you will have to tell! See Resources Page for more info on Jaya’s store.