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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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Spring is in the Air

Posted on May 01, 2018 by Anita Jackel-Deggan | 0 comments

Spring Craft Fair Season – Indian Summer Leather Design

It’s SPRING. The time of year when the blossoms arrive, and the sun starts to melt the prairie ice & snow. It’s also the time where we leave our salty, sea-air Gabriola Island home and head east to Alberta and Saskatchewan, to take part in the Our Best To You SpringArt &Craft Sale(Red Deer & Regina), as well as the Butterdome Spring Craft Sale in Edmonton.

This year marked the second year we joined the ranks of other 150+ fellow artisans in Red Deer for a 2-day craft show extravaganza. Our booth was a hit. We loved chatting with new faces & old, and had a wonderful time seeing our familiar artisan friends, and of course meeting some new artisans from the area. We look forward to returning to Red Deer for our third year in 2019. The Regina show was a first for our business, and we really enjoyed ourselves there too.

As we write this, we are preparing for our final show in Edmonton before we head west back to the coast. We just wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to visit us at the shows, purchase our handmade leather wares, and stop to chat. Meeting our customers face to face and interacting on a personal level helps fuel the love for what we do – and boy do we love it! Our business truly centres around customer service and having a close, friendly relationship with the people who use and love our bags. Thanks for reading, and make sure to say hi if you are coming to the Edmonton show!


Anita has been designing leather for over 22 years. She and Brian have deliberately kept Indian Summer Leather Design to an “artisan’s scale” in order to be involved in the entire process from creative design to placing her products into the hands of the women and men who will ultimately love her bags. Check out the Calendar pagefor a detailed list of upcoming shows where you can view Anita’s uniquely designed bags in person. And don’t forget to follow Anita on Facebook& Instagram!


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