Lou Alessi made custom holsters for nearly 50 years. He became recognized as one of the top holster makers in the world. All his work was/is done manually, and hand finished. As far as quality, Alessi holsters are second to none. The quality and performance of Alessi holsters matches up well against the upper ranks of custom makers like Del Fatti holsters, Milt Sparks, and Josh Bulman holsters. The only downside to Lou's work is the wait time. Since everything is basically done by Lou himself, it takes him anywhere from 9 to 24 months to get a holster completed. I've got a couple of Alessi holsters and I've waited anywhere from 12 months to 22 months for them to arrive.
Alessi holsters produces a number of excellent designs including the following models:
Alessi CQC - The CQC (which stands for Close Quarters Combat) is a belt holster that is designed to be worn on the strong side. It mounts to the belt using fore and aft belt slots, although Alessi also offers the CQC-S, which snaps onto the belt.
DOJ - The Alessi DOJ was originally created for the California Department of Justice. It proved to be very popular, so Alessi began offering it to the public. The DOJ is an Aksins Avenger type pancake holster that is designed to be worn on the strong side. The original DOJ series had no cant (or 0 cant), but forward cant models were later introduced.
Talon IWB Clip - The Talon originally started out as a clip-on IWB holster made from soft, pliable leather. When the weapon was drawn, holster had no reinforcement so it collapsed. Eventually, Lou started building the Talon's out of cowhide and began using his patented "Talon" clip as a means to attach the holster to the belt. I've got a number of Alessi holsters, but the Talon is still one of my all-time favorite clip-on IWB holsters.
Ankle holster - The Alessi ankle holster is really the Cadillac of ankle holsters on the market. Unlike some other brands, the Alessi is designed to be worn on the weak side ankle versus the strongside ankle. I have one of his ankle holsters, and it's hand down the most comfortable ankle rig I've ever owned.
From a price standpoint, Alessi holsters aren't cheap, but they aren't the most expensive thing on the market either. You know the old saying, "you get what you pay for"? Well, with these holsters, you really do get what you pay for.
Unfortunately, Mr. Alessi passed away in February of 2009 after a brief illness. Having met Mr. Alessi at the Shot Show a few different times, I can tell you that he was one of the most generous, honest, and down to earth people I've met in quite awhile. He will be sorely missed, however, his wife Idamarie has decided to continue Lou's holster legacy so his holster business will continue to produce some of the best gun leather in the world.
If you prefer not to wait for a Alessi holsters, you might be able to find one for sale now below:
Alessi 1911 Colt Kimber Springfield SW shoulder holster
$65.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 2d 13h 44m
Custom handmade Lou Alessi CQC S Holster for Full Size Heckler Koch HK USP RH
Time Remaining: 3d 1h 12m
ALESSI Holster Marked W Handcrafted By BM
Time Remaining: 3d 17h 23m
Alessi HKP7 Holster
Time Remaining: 5d 6h 28m
Alessi Holster Belt Slide Sig Sauer P220 P226
Time Remaining: 6d 17h 39m
Buy It Now for only: $107.50
Alessi DOJ leather holster for Heckler Koch HK USP Compact 9 40 + mag pouch
Time Remaining: 14d 4h 17m
Buy It Now for only: $99.99
Alessi IWB Holster Hideout Glock 17 22 31 One Way Snap
Time Remaining: 24d 13h 43m
Buy It Now for only: $115.50