SOURCE: Leather Tree

Leather Tree

September 16, 2009 06:00 ET

Against All Odds, Island Lake Company Leather Tree Flourishes During Recession

ISLAND LAKE, IL--(Marketwire - September 16, 2009) - Jacqueline Berger is no stranger to adversity. When she first started her company, Leather Tree, Berger was working out of her home, struggling to make ends meet. 11 years later Leather Tree is now a multi-million dollar corporation that continues to flourish despite the poor economy.

"Last summer when the economy first started to show a heavy decline I was faced with two options," said Berger, president of Leather Tree. "I could wait around to bottom out like so many other small businesses have done or I could put up a fight and refuse to let my company fail."

Choosing the latter option, Leather Tree launched an aggressive sales campaign which included discounts and sales on their website and outgoing sales calls to existing and prospective customers pitching their leather briefcases, leather desk sets, laptop bags and other leather products. Leather Tree went well above and beyond their goal of simply maintaining sales and actually gained sales, ending up on Internet Retailer Magazine's Top 500 retailer list last December.

"While I wasn't expecting such large growth, I wasn't surprised in the least," said Berger. "This great success is all due to the outstanding team at Leather Tree and their amazing customer service, breadth and depth of knowledge of our products, and hard work. I am extremely proud of their diligence and dedication to preserving our company during this rough time in the economy."

Due to their success last year Leather Tree is already gearing up for another thriving holiday season, stocking a wide selection of desk sets, padfolios, corporate gifts, luggage, leather desk sets and other leather gifts -- most of which can be embossed with initials or logos for a personalized look.

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About Leather Tree:

At, the philosophy is simple: Customer satisfaction is everything. In business for 11 years, they have been rated "1A" in customer service, ease of ordering, products, pricing and shipping. At their leather lines are chosen very carefully. In order to qualify, each manufacturer must meet a stringent code of customer satisfaction. Excellent quality products, fair pricing, quick shipping and a liberal return policy are a few of the qualifications necessary to become a supplier.

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