Tien Duong - Jonquille ( J&Q leather)

Finalist of the The BERNINA Best Handmade Handbag


2017 Finalist Tien Duong Jonquille ( J&Q leather)


How are your bags made?
The bad is made from cow hide and crocodile skins. I made my own pattern using ligh-weigth cardboard papers. All skins are hand-cut using a simple paper knife. I just changed the blades as often as needed. Edges are finished by hand using sand paper, Regad M3000 leather creasers, Feibings leather dye ( brown) and bee wax I pricked the whole bagusing Blanchard's pricking iron ( number 9) and then stitch it using linen thread, a French clamp and the technic used is saddle stitching. The bag took me about 48 hours of very intensive work.

What is the primary material used?
Italian cow hide and crocodile skins from South East Asia ( crocodile skin comes with CITES)

Do you make all of your own bags? If not, please explain who helps you make your bags.
I am making all of my bags for now. I have one employee who helps me only with making watch straps for my online stores.

What is your design inspiration?
What nspires me the most is nature. I feel that we are living in such a busy and stressful world that just looking at trees, the sky and the water could calm us down. If you look at my bag, the crocodile skin represents the under-water creatures. The bird's lock represents habitats of the sky. The rest of the bag is made from cow hide which represents other animals on the land. These 3 elements could blend in a way that makes a high-end product looking humane and humble. This is nature in a bag.

What sewing machine do you use to make your bags? How long have you had it?
I don't have a sewing machine yet. I am using a Vergez Blanchard pricking iron ( number 9), John James needles, White linen thread, a blanchard diamond awl and a Blanchard stitching clamp. I was taught by a Frech artisan and that explains my usage of French tools.

Have you ever sewn with or used an industrial sewing machine? If not, how do you sew with leather?
I have tried a Juki sewing machine once before only during a 2-day sewing session but I do not own a sewing machine myself. I feel great about sewing leather on a machine. Although, hand-stitching does five the products a stronger personality.

Bag Description
Brandname: Jonquille ( J&Q)

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