J.W. Hulme Co. | Leather Bags & Luggage

Limited-Edition Mia Totes! New Colors are Here.

We are excited to continue to offer you our Mia (Made in America) tote. This limited-edition carry-all comes in several new colors and is great for the beach or just hauling your stuff around town. To date, we’ve made this new handbag in navy, white, orange, teal and gray using playful complimentary colors for the handles. These new totes are so unique that once they sell out, you won’t see them in our assortment again. Priced at $195 these bags are are a great value with the same amazing quality you’ve grown to love.

The Mia also includes our signature key leash, an interior pocket and solid brass hardware. Throw it over your shoulder or grab it by the handles, the Mia can accomodate your favorite summer books, magazines and toiletries for a last-minute weekend getaway. Made in America, guaranteed for life.
35790-6 Mia Tote in Blue and Gray


MIA Tote in Gray and Yellow

Mia Tote in Gray and Yellow

Before & After: Bare Pewter Legacy

This last Spring we fell in love with our new leather, Bare Pewter. This fall we fell in love again when we saw how wonderfully Bare Pewter ages with use.  Bare Pewter is a full grain leather from a domestic tannery and it’s soft hand makes it the perfect choice for handbags.  Its cool grey mineral tone compliments both spring and fall looks. Take a look at what your Bare Pewter Legacy would look like new and after several months of use.

New Fall Leathers

We are proud to introduce four new leather combinations that we have been hard at work on over the past months: Harness Leather, Royce Leather, Raven Leather and Lead Black with nickel hardware. Lead black leather with nickel hardware will only be available in select briefcases and also by special order.

Our new favorite leather has been a labor of love.  We searched high and low for the perfect matte chocolate brown full grain leather. Once we found it we couldn’t resist pairing it with a polished mocha leather for an elegant tone on tone combination. Our Harness Leather is lined with a brown rip-stop nylon and topped off with solid brass hardware. It looks stunning in our always classic Overnight Briefcase and Legacy Handbag.

We are pleased to show you Sahara Sands more sophisticated older sister: Royce Leather. We were saddened when the tannery that supplied our beloved Sahara Sand leather closed its door and our other tanneries were unable to provide an exact match. Then Horween Leather surprised us and sent us a sample that we liked even more. We paired their Bone Calico nubuck with a pebble grain black leather to create our Royce combination seen here in the clean lines of the Edgecumbe Briefcase and Mini Legacy Handbag.

Our new Raven Leather is so soft it must be touched to be fully appreciated.  This supple jet pebble grain black leather makes a perfect slouchy handbag.  Solid brass hardware adds richness and polish to this casual leather. We are loving it in our Mini Excursion handbag and Fairmount Satchel.

Hand Buffing Leather

Chuck Watt, our very own leather buffing expert, shares how we buff each piece from our American Heritage leather collection.


The leather arrives at our workshop from the tannery without the final process completed.  After the bag is made it spends some time at the buffing table.




Step One


Step 1:  “First you start up the buffing wheel and buff a small section to test out how much wax you will need.  You start buffing around the edges to get that worn appearance. You add wax as needed and stop using the buffing wheel when you get the desired darkness and luster”


Step Two


Step 2: “Then you heat it up with the heat gun, usually set around 660 degrees, to lightly melt the wax and let it soak in to the leather”


Step Three


Step 3: “After all of that, you hand rub the bag with a soft cloth to give it a nice shine.”


Before and After