Ian James New York

Ian James New York



Bag crafter


Sonoma, California

about Ian James New York

“Materials like wool, canvas and leather are hardy organic materials that can transform to be hard and soft, so I instantly gravitated toward them.”

While he was in design school, Ian had a bit of a knitting habit. He hand-stitched sweaters and blankets in his spare seconds—but that just proved to be a gateway for his current calling, creating stylish, utilitarian leather and canvas bags for the everyday that have a major sense of street style. (And, bonus, they can be stitched up in days instead of weeks and weeks.) He’s managed to hit just the right notes with his bags: They are classic but not at all cookie cutter. The copper rivets feel durable but also a little high-end. They are minimal without being sparse—and the pops of color are natural, not garish. And a whole lot of people agree. His recent Kickstarter campaign to up his bag game far surpassed its goals. Knit-schmit. show more