Colonel Littleton

Many a great man's name begins with "Colonel", namely fried chicken master Sanders, and of course Colonel Angus, who's more likely to suggest you eat chicken heads. Be a soldier of rugged Southern style with the help of Colonel Littleton

Though not actually a colonel, Garry Littleton still deserves a salute for designing handcrafted leather goods and more, which he makes on his farm and peddles online and in his shop in Lynnville, TN (population 330!) because he loves making things with staying power and has "a real respect for days gone by" -- finally, someone who realizes both Morris and Doris deserve such honor. Stash cash in a slim cowhide or 'gator-skin front-pocket wallet, or an iPhone-toting version which can be personalized with up to three initials; there're also iPad-ready goods like legal pad-sized portfolio holders, a case with a fold-back leather screen protector, and a brass-detailed bag with copper tubing across the spine (to evenly distribute weight), called the "No. 36 Trekker", also good advice for 35 year-olds who still love Captain Picard. Further leather-ness includes dog collars & leashes, bookmarks with oval shaped nickel plates for your initials, neoprene-lined bridle leather beer caddies, and even a $320 oak-handled alligator-skin fly swatter which he admits defies logic, saying it's only for "uptown flies", although whenever she does that in helicopters, she divorces Billy Joel

Littleton also makes leather wastebaskets, shoe shine boxes, bone-handled personalized pocket knives, and the "No. 10 Writing Board", which turns a chair into a makeshift desk via a leather-pocketed/ pencil-guttered/ magnetized surface framed in American cherry, just like our dear hero Colonel Angus.