EXCLUSIVE LEATHER BAGS AND ACCESSORIES MADE INDIVIDUALLY BY HAND
I began working with leather some years ago making musical instrument gig bags which I manufactured by machine. This led me on to explore sewing leather by hand. I fell in love with this technique and have used it ever since. Over time I have developed my skills and expanded my range to include handbags and other smaller accessories.
I use only the very finest vegetable tanned leather from Italy and high quality waxed linen thread from France. I design, cut out, assemble and stitch each item by hand using the traditional saddle stitch method. This gives seams and other elements a strength which is not always achievable by machine. There is a lovely indefinable quality to hand sewn leather and I carefully consider the stitch length and thread thickness to suit each project.
The principle of my designs is to combine a stylish look based on clean classical lines with a minimum of hardware sufficient for security. My bags are unlined as I prefer to let the natural beauty of the whole skin be seen. This also cuts down the weight of the bag. Linings often fail, developing tears and holes rendering a once lovely bag unusable.
Small bespoke variations such as strap length and colour within my range, are available for certain items. Please contact me either by phone or email and I will be very happy to discuss your exact requirements.
To help protect this beautiful naturally tanned leather from water spots I apply a leather care product especially formulated to treat vegetable tanned leather, which complies with the latest European REACH legislation. This treatment does not change the look or the colour but rather helps the leather retain its inherent natural beauty.
In time vegetable tanned leather will darken and soften, developing a lovely patina. Inevitably the leather will take on a few knocks and scratches along the way but I think this adds to the character of the piece. It is important however, to use the correct product to care for vegetable tanned leather. I can supply further information on the right products to use in order to keep the leather in top condition. Please do not overfill your bag as this will put unnecessary strain on catches.
With regular cleaning and protection your Jinny Wessel leather bags and accessories will last for many years, improving with age.
‘My Jinny Wessel handbag is my constant companion. It carries ALL necessities – purse, pens, pencils, peppermints, umbrella and sketchbook besides looking marvellous’
Posy Simmonds, Cartoonist and writer
‘I was given one of Jinny’s marvellous leather travel wallets as a surprise Christmas gift. It was specially commissioned, with gorgeous red leather outside and cream leather inside. It’s quite superb, and as well as being unique, has the bonus of being multi-functional as I use it both as a travel wallet and to hold my mini tablet. Jinny is incredibly creative, and coupled with her wonderful craftsmanship and attention to detail, I can strongly recommend her lovely leather goods for their beauty and practicality.’
Lucy Joyce, Lusaka, Zambia
‘I have bought a number of Jinny’s amazing pieces, both for myself and for friends and family. My prize piece is the wonderful satchel which holds my 13″ MacBook Pro, hard drives and everything I need for editing and office based activities. It gets a lot of comments from my clients when I take it to a shoot. For “on the go” I have the small travel wallet as well as the iPad slip cover, a keyring and the fantastic cable tidy clips. I keep my receipts tidy with one of the small clutches and everything coordinates and looks great together. For my friends I’ve gifted the tech cases, the large clutch, keyrings, cable tidy clips and travel wallets and every single recipient has been thoroughly delighted. I’m a bit of leather goods addict, Jinny’s work is stunning and a rather lovely addiction to have!’
Stuart Cox, Photographer, Somerset
‘Last year I became the proud owner of a Jinny Wessel messenger bag. To be able to choose the style, strap, fastening and metal details, not to mention the colour, gave me enormous pleasure and made the bag extra special. I am totally delighted with the outcome. Jinny’s workmanship is second to none, my bag suits my lifestyle and the easy-to-close fastening means I can close it one handed whilst holding a glass of wine – or my car keys in the other!’
Jeffy Salt, Artist
‘Just to say I have received the travel wallet and it is really beautiful. Thank you it’s perfect!’
‘In dire need of a new wallet, I asked Jinny to help. She quickly produced various examples of her work and designed a new one exclusively for my needs. I now have the best wallet I’ve ever owned, beautifully made with superb attention to every little detail. A bloke’s wallet may sound like a pretty mundane item but one made by Jinny Wessel is something special – every time I use it I feel much richer than I really am!’
‘My bag arrived safely this morning – and it is absolutely beautiful, exactly what I wanted. Thank you so much!’
I just want to let you know that I received the shopper on Friday. It is beautiful, your craftsmanship is second to none! Looking forward to years of use. Many, many thanks.
Margaret E, Cleveland, Ohio USA
It has arrived! Thank you so much. Brilliant. Think I’ll keep it for myself and buy my wife a Mars bar instead.
John, West Midlands