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

The Senator Takes a Tour!

Last week we were thrilled to have U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visit us and take a factory tour. We chatted with her about our 100 year history, our design process and commitment to making products in America. The Senator took the time to meet with our team; from leather cutters to product developers and spent over an hour getting to know us. Each and every time we give a tour it reminds us what an important role we are playing in creating jobs and supporting U.S. manufacturing, and the Senator couldn’t have agreed more. Here’s what she posted on her Facebook page later that day:

“The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce has been holding workforce training sessions for a reason–we need to train our students for the jobs of the future. There are many skilled workers retiring & at the same time we are seeing an uptick in Made in America manufacturing. J.W. Hulme Co., which I visited yesterday is a good example. Over 100 years ago they started making awnings in St. Paul and now they make beautiful leather purses & packs. They just hired new sewers & are planning to hire more! Check out their showroom at 678 7th Street West St. Paul.”

The best part? We just might have a new customer! Check out the Senator perusing our catalog. We think the Mini Excursion Tote would be perfect for her on the campaign trail. Or any of our fine leather tech accessories, perfect for any woman on-the-go!

Senator Amy Klobuchar

The Senator enjoying our new catalog.

Laura talks to the Senator about our design process.

Chatting with Miguel in the leather room.

Laura and Chuck take a final photo opp. with the Senator.

Want a factory tour? Give us a call. We love to show off what we do.

We’re on Fox!

Jen Guarino, J.W. Hulme CEO, sits down with FOX Business to chat about our recent success.

From fine leather clutches, to classic leather briefcases, all of our products are handcrafted in the USA with the finest materials and are guaranteed for life. Find the perfect gifts for the ones you love or treat yourself to classic style.

Our Story

Whether you’re shopping for fine leather luggage or a classic business bag, choose one that’s fit to last a lifetime.

Here at J.W. Hulme Co. you’ll find luxury, style and a classic look that you can’t get anywhere else. Every one of our products is carefully handcrafted in our Minnesota warehouse.  From our Heritage Leather down to the nickel hardware, precise attention is given to every detail.

MN Historical Society Visit

On Wednesday morning, the fabulous members of the Women’s Organization of the Minnesota Historical Society (WOMHS) paid us a visit. While they were here, WOMHS took a tour our workshop and learned a bit about our 100-plus-year history. They enjoyed some treats from local pastry shop Bread & Chocolate, and got to take a sneak peek at some of our new Fall styles. See a few snapshots below from their visit.


They shopped our show room.



Learned about our history as a St. Paul, Minnesota landmark.


And took a tour of our workshop, lead by sales manager, Kim.

See more photos from the event on our Facebook Page.

Creating the Limited Edition Blue Awning Tote

Following up on the success of our first limited edition awning tote created for Pop Up Flea, we created this new Limited Edition Glenmont Tote out of vintage J.W. Hulme-made blue awning material.

Limited Edition awning tote

This vibrant awning was originally created years ago for a local restaurant.

We measure and cut the fabric to fit our Glenmont tote pattern.

And carefully inspect each piece of fabric that will be used.

Our leather room lead, Miguel, cutting pieces of leather that will trim the totes.

Supple Ash leather trim, cut and ready for our artisans to use when handcrafting the tote.


The final result! Playful blue stripe vintage awning and soft leather make the perfect tote for Spring. Check out all of our fine leather totes and find the perfect match for your style!

SnowGRADE 2012

Thanks to everyone who came out for SnowGRADE this Saturday at Architectural Antiques.

Between an excellent roster of vendors including Greenwich VintageByrd and BelleBest Made CoStormy Kromer,  Moonshine Coffee Co. and more, as well as crowds of visitors from start to finish, SnowGRADE was a success and wouldn’t have been possible with out you. Thanks especially to our event co-producers, Pierrepont Hicks as well as SnowGRADE sponsors: Architectural AntiquesBlackBlueFaribault Woolen Millsmartinpatrick3Northern Brewer, and Red Wing Shoe Co..


There was even some snow just in time for SnowGRADE.

Our Vintage Awning Tote.

Sharing knowledge over some Best Made Axes.

Men’s vintage flannel looking quite homey next to some antique lamps.

A few of our Legacy handbags and totes.


SnowGRADE may be over, but we’ll be back for NorthernGRADE again this September. See you then!

J.W. Hulme Co. on Polyvore

Polyvore has become our latest obsession (shh don’t tell Pinterest). We love browsing all the outfits and seeing how women style our leather handbags.

New to Polyvore? Here are the basics: you upload your favorite products or browse products from other people and then can pick and choose products to style in different outfits.  Or as they would say,

Polyvore is the web’s largest community of tastemak
ers where people can discover their style and set trends around the world. Trendseekers and shoppers alike come to Polyvore to discover the hottest brands, products, trends and looks.”

Take a look at all the different ways women have styled our Legacy and Mini Legacy handbags. It’s such a classic handbag that can really be worn with anything!


Leather Legacy in Polyvore Sets


Don’t forget to check us out on Polyvore, and if you style an outfit with one of our bags make sure you share it with us on facebook!

What We’re Wishing For…

Receive free shipping on your order when you purchase any one of these items between now and December 13, 2011.Receive free shipping on your order when you purchase any one of these items between now and December 13, 2011.

Northern Grade 2011

Thanks to everyone who came out for the 2nd annual NorthernGRADE last month, co-hosted by J.W. Hulme Co. and Pierrepont Hicks.

We would like to thank our excellent sponsors martinpatrick3Red Wing Shoe Co., Metro MagazineBlackBlue and Fox River, as well as our many wonderful vendors. A special thanks for the delicious food and beverage items provided by Jill & Ian of 128 Cafe, Intelligista Coffee and Art in the Age Spirits.

NorthernGRADE is an annual one-day Pop Up Men’s Market that celebrates American-made originals.

One of our own, Larry, posing in the photo booth at the event, which was held at at Architectural Antiques in NE Minneapolis.

Be sure to join us for the next NorthernGRADE in September 2012!

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.