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Dec 6, 2013

by Jenny Nemlekar

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi! I’m Jenny Nemlekar, and I’m the one-woman show at Jenny N. Design, where I design, make, photograph, model and live and breathe handbags. I operate out of my in-laws’ basement in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while my pug, Hubert, keeps me company. My husband, Shay, is my tough business decision-maker, source of sanity, data analytics guy, and male model (if I nag him enough).

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I started making tote bags (something I learned from my mom when I was six) in my college dorm room, and it soon became an addiction. Ironically, earning a bachelors of science in biomedical engineering solidified what I really wanted to do: be my own boss. I figured owning a business would give me the opportunity to do what inspired me, while creating the flexibility to work my own hours and move anywhere around the world. I didn’t realize at the time was that owning a business is a 24/7 commitment and that industrial sewing machines and leather hides are really heavy to move, but that’s besides the point.

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I am an artist by nature and an engineer by discipline, so my business is the fusion of my personal artistic aesthetic and the engineering principles I adopted throughout my education. My designs are inspired by food, fashion and life in general. For example, after following Shay’s favorite basketball team for a season, I couldn’t help but think how cute it would be to bolt snap the three-point line to the center court line. Thus, I designed the Clutch. Other examples include the Traveler, which is inspired by an envelope from a wedding invitation, or the Ruche, which is inspired by a combination of a bubble skirt and a Chinese dumpling.

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I design my bags by sketching out the final silhouette, then reverse-engineering the design to create a template. I cut a whole leather hide into a stack of geometric shapes that culminate into a design when sewn, lined, and riveted. I try to standardize my templates so I use every inch of the beautiful materials I work with. Once a bag is ready, I take a brief moment to feel like a proud mom before giving it a final hug goodbye, and then packaging it to be shipped away to a loving new home.

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I believe that a great shopping experience is very much like a great dining experience: you want a delicious product made from high-quality ingredients presented with high-quality service. I run my business so that my customers love my designs and come back because of my customer service.

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After graduating in 2009, I jumped head-first into making and selling my handbags full-time on Etsy. Back then, I was an engineer who was crafty. Now I’m proud to say I am a craftswoman with a strong foundation in engineering. Etsy has allowed me to turn my hobby into my full-time job, and I feel fortunate that I can do what I love every single day (including weekends!).

All photographs by Jenny N. Design.

Professional Backpack, Laptop Backpack, Gray Canvas, Brown Leather, Work Backpack, Back to School, JennyNDesign, Handmade USA
Professional Backpack, Laptop Backpack, Gray Canvas, Brown Leather, Work Backpack, Back to School, JennyNDesign, Handmade USA
JennyNDesign
$275.00 USD
Ready to Ship, Leather Laptop Bag, Leather Tote, Professional Leather Bag, Attorney Bag, Large Leather Tote, Chestnut Briefcase, Archive Bag
Ready to Ship, Leather Laptop Bag, Leather Tote, Professional Leather Bag, Attorney Bag, Large Leather Tote, Chestnut Briefcase, Archive Bag
JennyNDesign
$395.00 USD
Fanny Pack, Leather Hip Bag, Hip Bag, Bum Bag, Waist Bag, Modern Fanny Pack, Stylish Fanny Pack, Traveler in Chestnut
Fanny Pack, Leather Hip Bag, Hip Bag, Bum Bag, Waist Bag, Modern Fanny Pack, Stylish Fanny Pack, Traveler in Chestnut
JennyNDesign
$88.00 USD
Professional Backpack, Mens Leather Canvas Backpack, Womens Laptop Backpack, Grad School Bag, School Backpack, 17 inch Laptop Backpack
Professional Backpack, Mens Leather Canvas Backpack, Womens Laptop Backpack, Grad School Bag, School Backpack, 17 inch Laptop Backpack
JennyNDesign
$275.00 USD
Leather Backpack in Wheat Beige Chestnut Brown, Messenger Convertible, Laptop Backpack, Professional Backpack, 17 inch Laptop Backpack
Leather Backpack in Wheat Beige Chestnut Brown, Messenger Convertible, Laptop Backpack, Professional Backpack, 17 inch Laptop Backpack
JennyNDesign
$405.00 USD
Leather Scraps by the Pound, 2 lbs, two pounds assorted full grain upholstery leather scraps, leather remnants, free shipping
Leather Scraps by the Pound, 2 lbs, two pounds assorted full grain upholstery leather scraps, leather remnants, free shipping
JennyNDesign
$25.00 USD
Leather Scraps by the Pound, 2 lbs, two pounds assorted full grain upholstery leather scraps, leather remnants, free shipping
Leather Scraps by the Pound, 2 lbs, two pounds assorted full grain upholstery leather scraps, leather remnants, free shipping
JennyNDesign
$25.00 USD
Ruche Crossbody Clutch in Smoke Taupe Gray Grey, Leather Clutch, Crossbody Clutch, Crossbody Bag, Clutch, Made to Order
Ruche Crossbody Clutch in Smoke Taupe Gray Grey, Leather Clutch, Crossbody Clutch, Crossbody Bag, Clutch, Made to Order
JennyNDesign
$135.00 USD
Tote Bag, Navy Blue Canvas Leather Tote, Laptop Briefcase, Archive Bag, City Roast Brown Leather, Back to School, School Tote, Ready to Ship
Tote Bag, Navy Blue Canvas Leather Tote, Laptop Briefcase, Archive Bag, City Roast Brown Leather, Back to School, School Tote, Ready to Ship
JennyNDesign
$275.00 USD
Tote Bag, Pine Green Canvas Leather Tote, Laptop Briefcase, Archive Bag, Medium Brown Leather, Back to School, School Tote, Ready to Ship
Tote Bag, Pine Green Canvas Leather Tote, Laptop Briefcase, Archive Bag, Medium Brown Leather, Back to School, School Tote, Ready to Ship
JennyNDesign
$275.00 USD
Tote Bag, Burgundy Canvas Leather Tote, Laptop Briefcase, Archive Bag, Mocha Brown Leather, Back to School, School Tote, Made to Order
Tote Bag, Burgundy Canvas Leather Tote, Laptop Briefcase, Archive Bag, Mocha Brown Leather, Back to School, School Tote, Made to Order
JennyNDesign
$275.00 USD
Tassel Clutch in Mustard Honey Yellow, Ready to Ship, Zipper Pouch
Tassel Clutch in Mustard Honey Yellow, Ready to Ship, Zipper Pouch
JennyNDesign
$75.00 USD
Tassel Clutch in Ocean Mint Blue Green, Ready to Ship, Zipper Pouch
Tassel Clutch in Ocean Mint Blue Green, Ready to Ship, Zipper Pouch
JennyNDesign
$75.00 USD
Tassel Clutch in Latte Beige Brown, Ready to Ship, Zipper Pouch
Tassel Clutch in Latte Beige Brown, Ready to Ship, Zipper Pouch
JennyNDesign
$75.00 USD
Leather Laptop Bag, Leather Tote, Professional Leather Bag, Attorney Bag, Large Leather Tote, Smoke Gray, Onyx Black Briefcase, Archive Bag
Leather Laptop Bag, Leather Tote, Professional Leather Bag, Attorney Bag, Large Leather Tote, Smoke Gray, Onyx Black Briefcase, Archive Bag
JennyNDesign
$395.00 USD
Leather Laptop Bag, Leather Tote, Professional Leather Bag, Attorney Bag, Large Leather Tote, Smoke Gray, Chestnut Briefcase, Archive Bag
Leather Laptop Bag, Leather Tote, Professional Leather Bag, Attorney Bag, Large Leather Tote, Smoke Gray, Chestnut Briefcase, Archive Bag
JennyNDesign
$395.00 USD
Leather Laptop Bag, Leather Tote, Professional Leather Bag, Attorney Bag, Large Leather Tote, Smoke Gray, Crimson Red Briefcase, Archive Bag
Leather Laptop Bag, Leather Tote, Professional Leather Bag, Attorney Bag, Large Leather Tote, Smoke Gray, Crimson Red Briefcase, Archive Bag
JennyNDesign
$395.00 USD
Ruche Crossbody Clutch in Onyx Black, Leather Clutch, Crossbody Clutch, Crossbody Bag, Clutch, Made to Order
Ruche Crossbody Clutch in Onyx Black, Leather Clutch, Crossbody Clutch, Crossbody Bag, Clutch, Made to Order
JennyNDesign
$135.00 USD
Archive Micro in Smoke Taupe Gray, Crossbody Tote, Tote Mini, Crossbody Satchel, Small Crossbody, Mini Bag, Micro Tote, Made to Order
Archive Micro in Smoke Taupe Gray, Crossbody Tote, Tote Mini, Crossbody Satchel, Small Crossbody, Mini Bag, Micro Tote, Made to Order
JennyNDesign
$245.00 USD
Ruche Crossbody Clutch in Chestnut, Leather Clutch, Crossbody Clutch, Crossbody Bag, Clutch, Made to Order
Ruche Crossbody Clutch in Chestnut, Leather Clutch, Crossbody Clutch, Crossbody Bag, Clutch, Made to Order
JennyNDesign
$135.00 USD
Archive Micro in Chestnut Brown, Crossbody Tote, Tote Mini, Crossbody Satchel, Small Crossbody, Mini Bag, Micro Tote
Archive Micro in Chestnut Brown, Crossbody Tote, Tote Mini, Crossbody Satchel, Small Crossbody, Mini Bag, Micro Tote
JennyNDesign
$245.00 USD
Leather Backpack, Latte Beige Leather, Ocean Mint Leather, Professional Backpack, Laptop Backpack, Modern Minimal Backpack, Made to Order
Leather Backpack, Latte Beige Leather, Ocean Mint Leather, Professional Backpack, Laptop Backpack, Modern Minimal Backpack, Made to Order
JennyNDesign
$375.00 USD
Leather Scraps by the Pound, 2 lbs, two pounds assorted full grain upholstery leather scraps, leather remnants, free shipping
Leather Scraps by the Pound, 2 lbs, two pounds assorted full grain upholstery leather scraps, leather remnants, free shipping
JennyNDesign
$25.00 USD
Leather Scraps by the Pound, 2 lbs, two pounds assorted full grain upholstery leather scraps, leather remnants, free shipping
Leather Scraps by the Pound, 2 lbs, two pounds assorted full grain upholstery leather scraps, leather remnants, free shipping
JennyNDesign
$25.00 USD
Wristlet in Onyx black, zipper pouch, wrist bag, leather clutch, small leather clutch, brown leather clutch, made to order
Wristlet in Onyx black, zipper pouch, wrist bag, leather clutch, small leather clutch, brown leather clutch, made to order
JennyNDesign
$68.00 USD
Wristlet in Chestnut, zipper pouch, wrist bag, leather clutch, small leather clutch, brown leather clutch, ready to ship
Wristlet in Chestnut, zipper pouch, wrist bag, leather clutch, small leather clutch, brown leather clutch, ready to ship
JennyNDesign
$68.00 USD
Wristlet in Smoke gray taupe, zipper pouch, wrist bag, leather clutch, small leather clutch, brown leather clutch, made to order
Wristlet in Smoke gray taupe, zipper pouch, wrist bag, leather clutch, small leather clutch, brown leather clutch, made to order
JennyNDesign
$68.00 USD
Phone Pouch Crossbody, Small Crossbody Purse, Turquoise Lambskin, Teal Leather, Ready to Ship
Phone Pouch Crossbody, Small Crossbody Purse, Turquoise Lambskin, Teal Leather, Ready to Ship
JennyNDesign
$85.00 USD
Phone Pouch Crossbody, Small Crossbody Purse, Butterscotch Yellow Orange Lambskin, Teal Leather, Ready to Ship
Phone Pouch Crossbody, Small Crossbody Purse, Butterscotch Yellow Orange Lambskin, Teal Leather, Ready to Ship
JennyNDesign
$85.00 USD
Crossbody Clutch, Moon Rock Gray Leather, Rose Pink Leather, Zipper Clutch, Made to Order
Crossbody Clutch, Moon Rock Gray Leather, Rose Pink Leather, Zipper Clutch, Made to Order
JennyNDesign
$119.00 USD

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