HOW IT ALL STARTED
North & East Leather is owned by my wife Priscilla and I (Jomar). We share in the design process and I mainly do the execution of creating patterns and building the prototypes and the finish products. Priscilla, handles most of the social media, website management and finances.
DIY - (Do It Yourself) Has been a constant in my life. This might have been brought about when I was growing up and seeing my Grandfather tinker and fix stuff in his workshop. I was always fascinated by craftspeople, artisans and how working with their hands can produce awesome everyday use pieces.
With that said, I also love working and making something with my hands, love to tinker and take apart stuff and see how it works. I then discovered photography in high school and taught myself about photography. Fast forward to 2005 when I started doing photography professionally until about 2016. In one of my photo shoots, we we're in dire need of a bag that we can use for the shoot. We had a hard time finding one, so I blurted out that I'll make it, which I surprisingly did make one and with that I was hooked. I decided to teach myself after about anything leather and leather crafting and North & East Leather was born.
We first launched our product in December of 2017 at Maker's Row in Berkeley, CA. We have ventured out to other places for pop-ups since then to reach out to as many people as we can. Check our Events page for our pop-up schedules!
Always be inquisitive, overly curious and never, ever shy away from trying, learning and making stuff -