TUNING Leather Bags are designed, cut, and hand stitched by me using techniques from the art of saddlery. Bag connoisseurs appreciate the unique strength and beauty that this kind of construction affords. I take design inspiration from Scandinavian and Japanese minimalism. I source 90% of my leather from tanneries in the Northeastern United States because I like working with suppliers that I can drive to (I’m based in Ithaca, New York).
I love hearing from people who appreciate hand crafted design. Please send me a note on social media or drop me a line on the contact page here.
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, 2019
“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, 2019
“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, 2019
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 distributing products at scale was exciting. But the more I studied design, the more I realized that scale often comes with terrible consequences for people and the planet. So I learned the principles of sustainable design and went into teaching. I spent ten years as a teacher, encouraging and equipping students to rethink their own approach to making and distributing products.
While I enjoyed teaching, my own design work was taking a back seat. So I found a little 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 and making heirloom quality products that are beautiful and useful for my customers. If you’d like to talk about sustainable design in more detail, please reach out. I’d be happy to hear from you.
With love, Xanthe