Rachel Patton Named Industry Rising Star, Young Leader

Taylor’s Leatherwear Rachel Patton has earned top honors in NAUMD’s Rising Star Young Leadership Awards, a program that recognizes individuals under the age of 40 that are the most accomplished young business women and men in the uniform industry. Patton will be formerly acknowledged during the convention’s industry awards night on October 26.

Patton is the owner/operator of Taylor’s Leatherwear, a Tullahoma, TN, manufacturer best known for its leather jackets. A family business, Patton took over for her father, David, upon his retirement. She is credited with opening the business to an international market, and expanding its product offerings to include jackets made for female law enforcement officers. She holds a degree in architecture from the University of Kentucky.

Winners of the Rising Star Young Leadership award represent the future of the industry and will set new standards for its support and growth, as well as the NAUMD brand. By developing and recognizing future leaders, the association hopes to lay the foundation for the industry to continue to innovate, grow and inspire future generations of NAUMD members.