Thomas grew up surrounded by lawyers, and he always assumed he’d join that profession, too. In 1991, he was selling fine leather and hair-on-hide accessories. When customers began asking for something more, he questioned the limits of what was available to him — and he changed everything. He recruited bootmakers carrying the craft forward from five and six generations of family legacy. Thomas Arditti was building one of the great names at work today in the American West.
Exceptional fit and impressive hand work throughout each piece built the firm’s reputation on a global level. The El Paso Holocaust Museum commissioned a pair of commemorative Texas-themed boots for former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1998, when he spoke there. In 2002, when El Paso Electric Company earned its listing on the New York Stock Exchange, they commissioned a custom pair of Arditti boots as their customary gift to NYSE Chairman Richard A. Grasso.
That same year, Texas Monthly named Arditti Boots one of the Top 25 Custom Bootmakers in Texas. Features followed in Southern Living, Cowboys & Indians, The Robb Report and other national publications.