ABOUT RED MONKEY

OUR FOUNDER

 

Torry Pendergrass is the visionary founder of Red Monkey Designs, a renowned brand known for its innovative and unique approach to fashion and accessories. With a passion for creativity and a keen eye for detail, Torry has successfully blended traditional craftsmanship with modern aesthetics, creating pieces that are both timeless and contemporary.  Building every Custom Shop piece himself, he is still just as hands-on today as he was during his humble beginnings when he created Red Monkey in a single-bay, Laurel Canyon garage back in 1995.  

THE RED MONKEY PHILOSOPHY

Tattoos and custom leather wide cuff watchbands at Red Monkey Designs

photo by James Minchin III

Red Monkey makes unique, hand-built leather accessories embodying the spirit of rock n' roll. Inspired by the rugged, lived-in character of vintage western wear and classic American motorcycle leathers, Red Monkey leather goods are designed to break in and get even better with age.

Our products are sweatshop-free and made entirely in the USA using the highest quality, top-grain leathers. Our craftsmen make every item to order here in our Portland studio. We hand-brand our name on every piece and stamp our Monkey logo somewhere on it. We strive for perfection and the highest quality product, but the bottom line is that we like things a little rougher, and very real. These attributes add character to each item, which means every piece is “one-of-a-kind” and you will be the only one with it. Our philosophy is that every Red Monkey item is as unique as the person who wears it.

OUR COMPANY 

From designing guitar straps for rock legends such as KISS, to creating custom watchbands for stars like Brad Pitt, Red Monkey has come a long way since its humble beginnings over 10 years ago in a Laurel Canyon garage. Over the years, Red Monkey has become a destination for rock stars, actors, and everyone in between seeking essentially cool, rugged, vintage-inspired leather accessories.

Red Monkey's clientele includes actors Brad Pitt, Matthew Fox, Jack Black, Johnny Knoxville, Shane West, Jennifer Aniston, Evangeline Lilly, Reese Witherspoon, Mandy Moore, Minnie Driver, and many, many more. Working closely with musicians to create one-of-a-kind guitar straps and stage gear, we've developed an especially close relationship with our friends in rock, designing custom leather items for artists such as KISS, Beck, Gwen Stefani, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Sheryl Crow, Dave Navarro, Metallica, U2, the Dixie Chicks, Kerry King, and Zakk Wylde.