+1 for the late Bruce Nelson (RIP); a true gunleather guru. i treasure the pieces i have that were made by Bruce Nelson. it is said that when Bruce Nelson made a piece of gunleather... Bruce Nelson made that piece of gunleather.
the late 'magician' Lou Alessi (RIP) made the 'Talon' and 'Talon Plus' holsters that can be appendix carried. the Talon Plus is a Talon with a reinforcement strap across the mouth of the holster for support and ease of reholstering. both holsters are of stiffened leather and my example of the Talon holds it's shape just fine without the reinforcement strap. since Lou Alessi's death, the company has apparently struggled on. i can't say to the quality of the current Alessi line, as my examples of Alessi holsters were all made during Lou Alessi's lifetime.