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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!

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!

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.

Artful Living & J.W. Hulme Co.

This past week J.W. Hulme Co. and Artful Living had the pleasure of hosting an event at our Saint Paul workshop.  Event go-ers enjoyed factory tours, a preview of our new Fall Collection, the opportunity to get their bags or leather goods monogrammed and were entered in a drawing to design their own Legacy Handbag.

Our leathers feel as good as they look. During a factory tour you just can’t help but touch the different leathers.

One lucky lady had the opportunity to watch her American Heritage Legacy Handbag get embossed with her monogram. Watching the entire process can be a little nerve wrecking, but the results are always stunning.

See more photos from the event on our Facebook Page.

 

A Trip to the Tannery

J.W. Hulme Co. prides itself on manufacturing its leather and canvas goods in the USA.  A part of that mission includes sourcing our raw materials from other American companies.  Meet S.B. Foot one of three domestic tanneries that supply J.W. Hulme Co. with leather and the only one that hails from our great state.

S.B. Foot opened its doors years before we did and has been producing high quality leather hides since 1872 along the banks of the Trout Brook in Red Wing, MN.  Their mission statement says it all,  “At S.B. Foot Tanning Company, our goal is quality, a goal we have achieved and delivered for more than a century.”

The sun finally came out for our road trip to Red Wing where Pete, the man about town, showed us the ropes at S.B. Foot and let us dig around in the sample room.  We are very excited about the new leathers you will soon see in our line.

Read more about S.B Foot’s history here and their tanning process here.

 

 

Take a look at more pictures from our visit on our facebook page here.

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.

 

Tools

 

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

 

American Heritage Duffle

Every bag made in American Heritage Leather is hand buffed, giving the leather a well worn patina.  This patina will look better and better with every trip taken.  Our Duffle bag in American Heritage leather has put in some miles and is starting to get a real personality.