In the late 1800's, Dana Buxton had started his own business distributing small notions. Ironically, his most profitable business idea actually began with a loss. One day Dana had the misfortune of losing his keys through a hole in the pocket of his pants. His wife, Julia, turned that misfortune around by making him a small leather pouch to hold his keys. Family and friends showed an interest in having their own pouches and thus a new small leather goods business was born. Buxton Company was formally organized in 1898.