TUNING bags & baskets are inspired by the simplicity and utility of Nordic design. Each piece is designed, cut, and assembled in my studio in Ithaca, New York. I work with natural materials–leather and wool that is sourced from USA suppliers with high standards for quality and environmental impact.
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With love, Xanthe
“I love the size of the bag and the texture of the leather is great. The color is gorgeous and the craft of it is professional. I love the feel of the clutch.”
-Customer in Northern California
“I love the color and texture of the leather and appreciate the strength of the body of the bag. I love the stitching and craftsmanship.”
-Customer in NYC
“I love the bag. It’s great quality. I am giving it to my mom as a present because she is going [on a trip] and wanted something like this. I would be interested in another bag. I plan to give that one to my sister :).”
-Customer in Baltimore
I’ve lived in New York all of my life and love it here. I was born in Brooklyn, raised on Long Island, educated in Upstate New York–first in classical music, then in industrial design.
I was drawn to design because I thought that making and shipping products at scale was exciting. But the more I studied design, the more I realized that scale comes with unexpected consequences for people and the planet. So I learned the principles of sustainable design and went into teaching at university where I thought I could make the most impact. I spent ten years as an educator, encouraging and equipping students to rethink their own approach to designing, making, and shipping products.
While I enjoyed teaching, my own design work was taking a back seat. So I found an art studio and made a pledge to level up. Tuning Design Co. was born. It proves to be a space where I can practice what I had been preaching for so many years in the classroom.
I deeply enjoy the challenge of working with sustainable design principles to make heirloom quality products that are beautiful and useful for my customers who, I know, share these values. If you’d like to talk about sustainable design in more detail, please reach out. I’d be happy to hear from you.