Heather Van Winckle

Heather Van Winckle has used her background in fine art and sculpture to explore function and minimalsim as a guiding design focus in her own line of handmade leather bags.

Her inspiration comes from putting the individual first—creating bags that perform necessary functions while complementing any style. Heather’s practical and minimalist sensibility reflects beautifully in her work. Her close attention to quality and detail results in timeless pieces that will stay with you for years to come.

Heather selects the softest full grain leather and meticulously sews all of her pieces in her Oakland, CA studio. Heather grew up in Ontario and went on to study fine art at university as well as get an MFA. After a few years of traveling, Heather is now in Oakland working full time on her line of bags and accessories.

Heather draws inspiration from the materials she works with as well as the function for which she intends her designs. She is very interested in how people interact with objects, so her pieces are uniquely designed and beautifully simple and functional.

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