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Ian James New York

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Trade:
Bag crafter
Locale:
Coral Gables, Florida

“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.