He didn't know it at the time, but ending up unemployed and on the Venice Beach boardwalk was perhaps the best thing that ever happened to William Adler. When an actors' strike pushed pause on a career that included appearances in films and hit seventies television series – Wonder Woman, Welcome Back, Kotter – Adler began selling colorful belts from a stand on the boardwalk. "I was selling three, four, five hundred web belts on a weekend, and that's what got me back into my family's business," recalls Adler, whose father and brother both worked in the retail. Now named Will Leather Goods, Adler’s brand is a full-fledged family affair, with son and daughter both employed by their father, who now operates the business out of Eugene, Oregon.
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