From Lawyer to Briefcase Designer: Life is an Adventure
A bag means you’re going somewhere. It means you’re doing something, seeking adventure in your life. You buy bags because you want to explore the world around you and experience something new. Maybe you got a new job, or you want a new job. It could be a much needed road trip, a new business partnership, or a weekend in the mountains. But it’s always an adventure you seek.
My life has been an adventure. I’ve been a lawyer, an entrepreneur, a designer, a husband and a father. I’ve lived all over this great country, from the Midwest, to the Southwest, to the West Coast and settled in Tennessee. Along the way, I built Jackson Wayne for people like me. People who seek adventure in their life.
When I was a boy, I spent many summers on my Grandpa Wayne’s cattle farm. As a young man determined to pull himself out of poverty, Wayne worked hard for many years, eventually becoming postmaster in his small town. Over time, he saved and invested with the goal of one day buying his own land to raise cattle, which is exactly what he did. It was the classic American Dream.
Details mattered to him. If something was worth doing, it was worth doing right. He would buy a few nice things and take care of them, always choosing quality over quantity. He had a particular fondness for quality leather goods. When I graduated from law school, my Grandpa gave me my first leather briefcase and told me one day he’d carry it up the Supreme Court steps for me.
I eventually left law behind, but I carried his message of quality and hard work into this business. Our materials are intentional, choosing to use full grain leather made from North American steerhides like the cattle my Grandpa raised. Each design is meticulously thought out, tested, retested and refined with perfection as the aim. We want our customers to own something of substance and cherish it for years to come.
We’re a family business based in historic Franklin, Tennessee – a town that embodies Americana. It’s an efficient operation with my son Jackson using any extra boxes laying around the warehouse to build forts.
Choosing adventure in your life isn’t always easy. The default is the status quo. There are obstacles and risks. The stakes can be high, but it’s worth it. Which adventure will you choose?
Andrew Lynch, Founder