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The Leather Factory, Inc. Supports The BSA


(Scouting for All Asks that you refuse to do business with businesses that support the BSA)

Leather Factory Helps Boy Scouts of America Write New Leatherwork Merit Badge Pamphlet Thursday, January 16, 11:48 am ET

FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 16, 2003--The Leather Factory, Inc. (AMEX:TLF - News) today announced completion of its joint effort with the Boy Scouts of America ("BSA") to produce the new Leatherwork merit badge pamphlet for the BSA. Wray Thompson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Leather Factory, Inc. commented, "Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has been molding boys and young adults into solid citizens. We have always welcomed the opportunity to assist Scouting in any way we can, and we are delighted that our joint efforts have produced this guide for young leathercrafters. Tony Laier, our director of R&D, spent numerous hours rewriting the text and creating new illustrations for the 90-page pamphlet. We have always believed that leatherworking is a hobby and a skill that people young
and old can enjoy, and we are delighted that new Scouts will continue to learn the joys of leatherworking."

Mr. Thompson also thanked the BSA for its kind words in the pamphlet about the role of The Leather Factory, Tandy Leather Company and several members of the company's executive management team and product developers in this effort.

The Leather Factory, Inc., (http://www.leatherfactory.com), headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is an international marketer and wholesale distributor of a broad product line including leather, leatherworking tools, buckles and adornments for belts, leather dyes and finishes, shoe repair supplies, saddle and tack hardware, and do-it-yourself kits, and is a manufacturer and distributor of fancy hat trims, leather lacing and kits. The Company distributes its products through sales and distribution units located throughout the U.S. and Canada and through its subsidiary, Tandy Leather Company, via retail stores and the Internet (http://www.tandyleather.com). Its common stock trades on the American Stock Exchange with the symbol "TLF."

This news release may contain forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made here or in other news releases issued by The Leather Factory, Inc. are based on current expectations as of the date of the release. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause the results of The Leather Factory, Inc. to differ materially from
management's current expectations. Many of these risks and uncertainties are detailed from time to time in TLF's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and the most recent quarterly report on Form 10-Q.

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-- ---- Contact: The Leather Factory, Inc., Fort Worth
Wray Thompson, 817/496-4414 or Shannon L. Greene, sgreene@leatherfactory.com



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