I've worn a few different hats over the years: "Recovering Attorney," Blogger, Web Designer & Creative Director for Jackson Wayne Leather Goods. In all of these roles, I always had the need for a solid leather bag to carry the tools of the trade. But I became increasingly frustrated with the terrible quality and disposable nature of most of the mass-market bags. And the luxury bags were overpriced, over-styled and not something I would even want to carry. A couple of generations ago, they made bags using thick full grain leather that were actually meant to last, instead of the planned obsolescence of today's bags. Most of the bags being churned out today use cheap, inferior leather labeled as “genuine leather” to fool you into a sense of quality. But once you learn the basics of leather and what makes a quality leather bag, you’ll never go back. It’s the difference between Spam and USDA Prime Filet Mignon.
We use only the finest full grain vegetable tanned leather in everything we make. Full grain leather is the best grade of leather you can get, far superior to the “genuine leather” used in most mass-market bags. For more about our leather and the different grades, click here.
Our design philosophy is simple: get out of the way of the leather. Our designs are inspired by the minimal design aesthetic of leather bags from the 1920’s to 1940’s. We make bags the old fashioned way, using thick full grain leather – the kind of leather your grandfather would have appreciated. The leather we use is tanned to perfection and truly a work of art in its own right. So we try to let the leather speak for itself and avoid clutter and excessive design features.
We emphasize functionality in our designs. We don't use fake closures on our bags or decorative stitching. Everything you see serves a purpose and is functional.
We're based in historic Franklin, Tennessee - a town that exudes classic Americana style. Founded in 1799, it's a beautiful town just outside of Nashville with a rich history. If you haven't visited, you should definitely put it on your list. Our leather goods are handcrafted at a small family-run factory in the United States. Our factory has skilled designers, pattern-makers and craftsmen with decades of experience in leather.
We use only the finest materials and have over-engineered our bags to last for decades. Every detail has been meticulously planned out with durability in mind. From the leather to the thread to the hardware, these bags are going to be around for a long time.
We sell directly to you without unnecessary middlemen, distributors and other inflationary forces. And we don't use retail Keystone Pricing.
By doing all of the above, we’re able to make heirloom quality leather goods attainable. It's how you're able to get a $1,000+ bag for $500. It appears you can have your cake and eat it too.
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