Tuning is the name of my design studio in Ithaca, NY where I make high quality leather bags for people who value minimalist design, sustainability, and artisanship.
MINIMALISM. I design TUNING bags with your physical and mental health in mind. The bags are sized so that you carry what you need to carry and nothing more.
SUSTAINABILITY. I pay attention to the entire life cycle of each product that I make. The materials come from suppliers with fair environmental standards and labor practices; the bags are designed to be durable and get more beautiful with age; if it breaks, it can be repaired; and when it no longer serves you, you can pass it on to someone new.
ARTISANSHIP. Trained in industrial design with a love for handcraft, each bag is saddle stitched by me, by hand which makes each bag resilient and beautiful (like you!). Bag connoisseurs look for and value the slight imperfection that a saddle stitch brings.
At present bags are sold through special-invite emails. Add your name to the list on our contact page. You can see this months colors here. To read more about design, materials & processes, check out the ABOUT page. If you have questions or ideas to share, drop me a line on the contact page.
MY STORY – 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. After school I spent 10 years teaching innovation and sustainability to teens and adults.
I’ve had my share of challenges: I lost my mother to cancer when she was in her late forties. And I myself battled cancer in my early thirties. These challenges were hard but gave me a healthy perspective on life–its short & happiness is important.
After ten years of teaching I was feeling the need for a change and decided to challenge my creative side. I found an art studio and started working with leather. Why leather? I had done quite a bit of work with paper engineering and leather felt like a natural extension of that material. I designed and made a few shoulder bags and began selling them to friends. I plan to roll them out to the public some time this fall.