Luna Jaze handmade custom leather bags

American Made Since 2009

Jamie Murphy

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
I am a painter and a fabric artist. Crisscrossing ideas, colors, and designs, make up the foundation of Luna Jaze's unique handmade leather bags.

Tell us about your business.

I began making bags by chance when my favorite bag falling apart was unable to be repaired. Having an industrial sewing machine from a previous business, sparked an idea to make a purse for myself. Out shopping one day with my new bag, a gentleman admired and bought the bag off of my shoulder for his girlfriend. Family and friends followed suite and were my first customers and remain my loyal supporters. As a painter/artist I am able to translate my training into fabric art. Top grain premium hides have unique qualities and textures that inspire the designs of my bags. I see a bag design in the leather as an artist sees a painting on a blank canvas. I meticulously make each bag by hand, all supplies from USA. Bags can be customized to fit each clients needs, or one can buy a bag I've designed and made. Barneys of New York is an appealing venue with their standards for quality and uniqueness in design. Each bag is unique, made with the highest standards and guaranteed.

What makes your business stand out?

For as long as I can remember I have always had a passion for art. Art isn't a choice it's a gift.I have a B.A. in Art, with a concentration in painting & have worked professionally as a painter.Working in leather allows me to translate my training in two-dimensional art into three-dimensional leather art. Creating fabric art has different freedoms, and restrictions, from painting. I find it to be an addictive process. Crisscrossing ideas, colors, and designs make up the foundation of Luna Jaze. There is so much natural beauty in the world. Nature and the world around me is inspirational. Our home sits above a small grove of locust trees and I have always been attracted to the organic shapes of the limbs. The organic shapes, natural beauty marks & varied colors inherent in the top grain leathers inspire the design of my bags. I can see a bag in the leather as an artist sees a painting in a canvas. Finishing a bag is like finishing a painting. I let the leather pull me into a design.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Listen to your positive inner voice and remain true to yourself. Work honestly, with impeccable standards, treat others as you would like to be treated in in your business. Give back to society. Visualize your future and the universe will fill in the blanks.

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