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PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 9:18 pm 

Joined: Thu Nov 01, 2007 5:25 am
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Location: Nor Cal
I hope I'm not overstepping my bounds, but I'd love to see a LTW 1911 in honor of the legend and gentleman of Mr. Alessi.

To Mr. Alessi's family, I'm sorry for your loss and pray for your family. He has touched many and by continuing his work, you are doing the same.

PostPosted: Mon Mar 02, 2009 10:25 pm 

Joined: Mon Feb 16, 2004 3:47 pm
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Location: Tempe, Arizona
I can tell you only has been in the works for some time and will be a very special project. Thanks for thinking of Lou in the true LTW fashion.

Stay tuned.

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"If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking."
- General George Patton Jr

PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 12:15 pm 
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Joined: Fri May 13, 2005 5:57 am
Posts: 273
Location: GA
Lou knew of my holster fetish and donated several rigs to my collection over the years. Back in 2007, I posted photos of several of his rigs, to include a 1911 rig that he signed as a prototype. I bumped the post in the holster section so some of the new comers could appreciate his art.

If you have time, take a look and travel back in time.

He was generous to a flaw!

Thanks for the memories!


We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. George Orwell

PostPosted: Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:56 pm 
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I don't know quite what to put in this post, but I have to admit that I'm still in shock as to the passing of Lou Alessi. I first met Lou Alessi about 4 years ago as part of the LTW group as a guest. Lou was a perfect gentleman to me and we became fast friends. One thing some people may not be aware of was Lou's sense of humor. He was always quick with a joke and always kept you in good spirits. One night he asked a group of about 12 of us who were out for supper if anybody would like a drink. Lou put the order in for the drinks and a fter everyone got their drinks he made sure the waitress gave me the check . Lou was about 10 feet away laughing at me. Typical Lou. I hope I make it to Heaven one day to get back at him. But that was Lou. Always friendly and always making you feel that you were special. There will never be another like him. Lou, I say a prayer for you and your family every night. I'll never forget you and I'll always cherish our time together. Love you always. Rich Spinaci

PostPosted: Sat Mar 07, 2009 9:09 pm 

Joined: Sat Oct 13, 2007 7:33 pm
Posts: 70
Location: Western New York
Ted Yost wrote:
It's important for all of us to remember that Alessi Holsters is a family business, and one that we all should continue to support. There will never be another like Lou Alessi, but those who he's entrusted with his skill and passion deserve the loyalty, and the opportunity to continue the legacy.

We miss you Lou.

Amen to that. The last time I was in the shop, I stopped by with my 7 year old daughter. Lou was showing me some holsters Alexandra started cutting and sewing. That was one proud Poppa. It may just be genetic. Lou's father in law used to make holsters in the shop too. She just may have the genetic angle covered from both sides of the family. I wish his family and Lou's employees all the best in their future endeavors.

As Ted said, it was a family business. Business there wasn't business. It was personal with customers treated like family. Case in point, the first order I got directly from there has a funny story behind it. I got the call from Lou that it was done. Like a little kid, I raced to the shop and in my haste left my wallet on the kitchen counter. It was no small order: a couple holsters, a belt and a mag pouch or two. Lou said try it on and made sure everything was perfect. I was wearing a very old DOJ I had found in a Buffalo gun store that was a federal contract overrun back in the good old days. That was my first holster for a 1911. It was about a decade and a half or so old and kept in pristine condition (the man could build them and even improve on perfection) with the old style back. We BS'd a while about that holster, guns, and life. When it was time to settle up, we realized I left my wallet home. Lou tells me to take them and pay him another day. He really didn't know me from Adam at that point. When do you hear about people letting you walk out the door with a few hundred bucks of merchandise with a pay me later?

As much of a genius as the man was with leather, I always thought of the place as being in the people business. I will always cherish the time I spent in that little shop talking with Lou. As some said it started with leather being the prize, but I ended up getting much more out of talking to the man. He was a prince among men, with the biggest heart I have ever seen, a twinkle in his eye and an impish grin. I will miss him.

I will surely continue to patronize the shop. I just hope that when I stop by the shop next I can do it without crying like a baby, but I make no guarantees.

We didn't lose the last of his kind...we lost the only one of his kind. My condolences to his family and friends.

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