What began in the mid 80's as Royal Dublin Golf Company in Springfield, Kentucky, manufacturing golf bags for companies as well as developing unique patents for different styles of golf bags for customers such as MacGregor, Spalding, Dunlop, Powerbilt, Ram, Louisville Golf, Bluegrass Fairway, and many others has been transformed into a family owned business with a niche market for vintage style, high quality and generational tradition in customized golf club carriers, luggage and accessories.
Today, Firebird Group, Inc. crafts the Steurer & Jacoby® brand of traditional and vintage products. This idea was born from a "seed of an idea" that was planted in Jacoby's brain by his good friend, Mike Just, owner of Louisville Golf Company. Jacoby and Just collaborated on several business projects and ideas until the time of Just's passing in October 2016.
Just and Jacoby had been business friends for over 30 years. Louisville Golf is known worldwide for the quality and tradition of the hickory golf shaft clubs designed and crafted by Just. As friends, Just would not let Jacoby forget the idea to develop and craft a vintage style golf bag, or as we like to use the 1890's term - Golf Club Carrier. There was a need for a carrier that would appeal first to players of Hickory Golf who prefer period specific attire, including knickers and flat caps, as well as equipment. And secondly, to the modern golfer who is looking for style, quality and tradition in a club carrier. This began the conception of Steurer & Jacoby®.
The initial design work was developed in partnership with Steve Steurer, with whom Jacoby had worked in the 80's. Jacoby wanted to honor Steurer's contributions by including his name in the brand that would reflect the character of an established partnership and traditional company, Currier & Ives, Smith & Wesson, Wells Fargo for example.
The goals of this new venture were and still are:
Products have to be 100% BORN IN THE USA.
We craft every item in our Louisville, KY shop
We place every product into its own muslin cotton bag for protection and
as a gift wrap for each recipient.
Jacoby personally selects every hide (Cow, Bison and Alligator) that goes into our products from tanneries in Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida
We use waxed cotton duck canvas fabric that comes from finishing mills in New Jersey and North Carolina.
Our solid brass hardware comes from Massachusetts
Over the past four years, Jacoby has developed a great reputation for the authenticity of his products in style and craftsmanship. The traditional quality,style, craftsmanship and materials are recognized across the globe. 50% of our business is in Europe and Australia. Every week we receive orders from customers of all backgrounds, from members of elite Hickory Golf Clubs, CEO's and even royalty.
Jacoby wanted to bring back the same quality and style to a new generation that he delivered to famous clients like General Norman Schwarzkopf, golf pros Jack Nicklaus, Ben Crenshaw, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson, as well as other sports figures like Magic Johnson and Julius 'Dr. J' Irving.
At Firebird Group, Inc. we love what we do and we hope that shines through in every product we craft. We work hard every day to uphold our vision of style, quality and tradition.
As demand for our modern designs that reflect the 1890's - 1960's increased we began introducing new products that reflect other popular vocations and pastimes.
In May 2016, we added Garment Carriers, Bourbon Bags and Wine Carriers.
Most recently, in October 2016, we rounded out our product line with Market Bags, Caddie Wallets, Backpacks and Purses. The introduction of the Market Bag spurred a partnership with Twisted Pink, a Louisville, KY based volunteer driven organization with a mission to cure breast cancer by metastatic breast cancer research while exposing the hidden statistics of the disease. For each pink Market Bag sold, Firebird Group, Inc. will make a donation to Twisted Pink to help fund research for a cure.
In November 2016, Firebird Group, Inc. became an official "Maker" with Made Market, Louisville's finest curated handmade market. Made Market is partnering with Oxmoor Center Mall to bring more visibility to local and regional makers this holiday season! Open every weekend from November 25 - December 18.
With each new product introduction and partnership we have maintained our high standard of Kentucky Crafted, 100% American Made - Style - Quality - Tradition.
We are not the big manufacturer on the block. We are simply customer focused, small batch custom crafters carrying on the legacy started by Jacoby in Louisville in 1974. We are fans of leather ourselves, that's why our products not only have a classic look but keen and intuitive functionality.
Our products are handcrafted one at a time, meticulously handled and individually inspected.
We ensure every item we create is a testament to the style, quality and tradition of our brand.
Steurer & Jacoby® is a one of a kind product; the only way to insure that you are really receiving Steurer & Jacoby® Quality and and Original products is to purchase directly from Steurer & Jacoby®. Steurer & Jacoby® cannot guarantee authenticity of being crafted in the USA and Quality of any product purchased on eBay as there are counterfeit products being offered on this market site.