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The Magic of Indian Summer Leather Design

Posted on May 01, 2019 by Anita Jackel | 0 comments

Spring is in full bloom and I have been on the road for a couple of weeks for our Spring Shows. It’s been incredible connecting with so many amazing customers! Thanks to everybody who came by our booth and said hi! As always, we are very grateful to our loyal customers. Many return year after year to purchase a new bag or purse. Seeing so many happy customers wearing one of our pieces always puts a big smile on our faces.

Because I see how happy customers are when they leave with their new purchase I thought it would be nice to write about the magic that goes into making these designer bags.

I have always loved working with leather. As a little girl I would collect scraps of leather and make small change purses. My European background in fashion design and my thorough education, knowledge and experience in design, pattern making, cutting and sowing formed the foundation for me to start Indian summer Leather Design in 1995.

My inspiration comes from the things I see, experiences in nature, from my travels and from art. I live on beautiful Gabriola Island and am inspired daily by walking the trails. I love beach combing looking for unique stones that I use for leather bags to give them that unique West Coast touch. 

Photo: Raeff Miles Photography

My bags are all handmade with love and attention to detail. I believe that everyday necessities don’t have to be boring. My bags come in a brilliant array of colours and innovative designs. They're made with your active lifestyle and impeccable taste in mind. I love creating purses that are unique in design, well made and functional.

Photo: Raeff Miles Photography

The lady that wears my piece will stand out and look beautiful.
I am looking forward to bringing my magic to the Signatures Butterdome show in Edmonton this weekend before we head home to our beautiful West Coast.

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Backpacks on the Rise

Posted on November 30, 2018 by Anita Jackel | 0 comments
Christmas season is in full swing. Sparkling lights and Christmas decorations can be seen everywhere and you can just feel the excitement in the air! For us, the season brings with it a lot of traveling. So far, we have been to Circle Craft in Vancouver and to Signature Christmas Shows in Winnipeg and Edmonton as well as to Art Market in Calgary. It’s been an amazing journey and we truly love to connect with our customers (yes, YOU) in person! The shows present a fabulous opportunity to experience our products first hand. You can see the variety of designs, touch and smell the leather and try on different styles to see what suits you best.


 customer wearing backpack

This year, we have noticed a new trend: Backpacks are gaining in popularity!

This new trend has been observed by the fashion industry and is backed up by research as well. According to Forbes magazine sales of backpacks to women are up by 15%. This is consistent with the trend in fashion towards outdoor, technical products that focus on features, functionality, materials and an active look.

What’s interesting is that this trend seems to extend to men as well. In a recent article by Wall Street Journal it was noted that executives are ditching their briefcases for backpacks. Backpacks are gaining ground. The author attributes this trend to the fact that backpacks are now available in finely crafted designs in sumptuous leather. Because there are more upscale designs available, the backpack is now boardroom worthy.

From a consumer’s perspective, a backpack is suited very well for today’s multi-tasking needs. You can conveniently store your stuff while leaving your hands free.

We are thrilled that backpacks are finally getting the recognition they deserve. We have always been proud of our line of backpacks. You can see all of our available designs on our product page. Here is a selection:

The Egg Bag

Available in solid colours or two tone at no extra charge. Durable grey polly/cotton lining with inside pocket. The front flap fold up and can be secured in place to hide your zipper for security from pick pockets.



Turtle Backpack

Wander wherever your heart leads you with this classic backpack. Designed with ergonomics in mind, the Turtle Backpack hugs the body for ultimate comfort. Inherently practical but smooth and sleek, this two-toned bag looks great with a range of styles—from sporty to sophisticated. 

With three zippered openings on the back of the bag: a main 11” opening and two 7” pockets. Small handle makes it easy to hold the bag while shopping.



Triangle Fold Backpack

This light and versatile bag is perfect for women on the go. An innovative and practical design from our origami line, which never ceases to amaze!

As a backpack, the triangle fold is compact and secure, with all of the zippers covered for safety. To turn it into a shoulder bag, simply zip the straps together and use the hooks to secure them on one side of the bag. Fold both flaps to the back or reverse them for completely different looks. Voila! 

The front flap comes in solid black leather and is also available with our favourite accents: coloured piano keys or our Siena underlay. The body of the bag is available in solid colours or two-toned.

This bag has a total of three compartments with two signature stone closures for security. Made with silver-coloured metal zippers. Fully lined with durable grey cotton fabric.



All backpacks have in common that they come packed with practical features from inside pockets, compartments, metal zippers and lining to adjustable straps. They are available in a range of colours and styles – from sporty to sophisticated. Check them out on this website and get yours!

Backpacks are made on Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada, in soft genuine cow leather with a deer tan finish with signature Indian Summer Leather Design rock closures and heat-embossed logo. 



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