Pack up your iPad in style. This leather Spencer Ipad Sleeve is the perfect accessory for your favorite gadget. The design is minimalist, with a laser-cut pattern, smooth curves and hand-stitching. In understated, neutral tones, this sleeve has a sleek and timeless look. Winter Session sources the vegetable-tanned leather from the Horween Tannery in Chicago, a name that is synonymous with high quality, then hand-finishes each product with Irish thread in Denver.Read the brand story
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- Made from vegetable-tanned, waxed Horween leather
- Hand-stitched using Irish waxed linen thread
- 10.125" L x 8" W
Made by Hand
Made in the U.S.A.
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Tanya and Roy met in 1997. “We dated for a year in high school,” Tanya says. They found each other again in their 20s, and together lived in L.A., Bombay and Chicago, where they got married. Roy is an architect and Tanya an artist, but Winter Session started as a side project.
Tanya, Roy and a barista friend—their cofounder, who went on to open a café—felt unfulfilled in their day jobs: “The three of us…were talking about how we missed working with our hands. We wanted to work on a project from home with materials that we had.” So they bought two sewing machines, Singers from the ’40s and ’70s, and started making soft tote bags and aprons out of salvaged materials. “We were interested in things that you wear against your body, on your body…useful and functional accessories,” Tanya tells us. They officially launched in May 2010, and started selling at the Chicago Renegade Craft Fair that August.
Roy and Tanya source their own raw materials. “The canvas that we use is woven overseas—mostly in India and Pakistan—and the finishing is done in Bridgeport, New Jersey,” Roy says. The canvas is 100-percent cotton. They source vegetable-tanned leather from the Horween factory in Chicago, one of most respected names in United States leather.
Seeing how it’s all made…that was really important to us.
While they were still in Chicago (they are now in Denver), Roy and Tanya worked a mere five miles from Horween, allowing the designers to develop a good relationship with Nick Horween and learn about the process. “That enables us to learn about the leathers…,” says Tanya, “going to the tannery, looking at the samples—hundreds of combinations that they do.” “And seeing how it’s all made. That was really important to us,” Roy adds. They do all of the leatherwork in-house, and also work with a few local sewing contractors in Chicago to ensure consistent high quality.
The History of the Horween Tannery
The Horween name is synonymous with quality, consistency and history. The Horween Leather Company was founded by Isidore Horween in Chicago in 1905. Chicago had a large tannery business, due to its central location and easy accessibility. With a sizable meatpacking industry—and therefore easy access to hides—this was the right place for Horween to set up shop. And while it was once one of almost 40 tanneries in the city, it is the only one that remains today. Horween has worked with big names over the years, including Ford, doing everything from car parts to fashion. And the company has maintained its high standards and well-deserved acclaim by keeping things in the family: Five generations of Horween men (including three Arnolds) have sat at the helm.