White Sycamore was founded by myself and Miguel Valdez
in 2009. Both of us were trained at landscape architects but have a shared
interest in collecting vintage leather bags of all kinds. After studying in
Florence, Italy, we've decided to create a line of leather bags and accessories
inspired by the classic designs of the 1950-60's using the best materials.
Designed and manufactured in Los Angeles, we now have approximately 30 pieces
ranging from accessories such as simple wallets, iPad and laptop sleeves, to
messenger bags and beautifully made totes and small suitcases.
Leather is a material that stood the test of time going back to the stone age.
It's durability, versatility, ability to age gracefully and unique color/texture
characteristics all make it the best natural material available today. Our
design inspiration comes from variety of sources that could range from a stroll
to the flea markets of Los Angeles to Paris, or the need to improve an existing
sub-standard product to responding to the environmental needs of recycled bags
in our daily lives. Details can be seen from selection of the hide, the way it's
cut, every stitching, down to the aged brass buckles and rivets we use, nothing
is spared to achieve a quality bag that will last a life time.
Because of our backgrounds in landscape architecture, we have some unique pieces
such as the Architect's Plan Carrier, it eliminates the need to wrap your arm
around several plans, or using those ugly tubes. Instead, one can carry several
rolled up plans in the elegant adjustable plan carrier.
Just like clothing, each leather bag/accessories are made out of unique
patterns. They need to be cut precisely so that when they're finally sewed
together, they fit perfectly and seamlessly. There was one time where the
pattern was cut for a very nice messenger bag, sewed together inside to have the
seam inside, then it was too tight for us to turn the bag inside out! We
finally had to cut a few stitches to allow room for the bag to be turned. The
messenger bag turned out beautifully after all.
White Sycamore began with a single bag, The Mailman back in 2009. To date, we
have around 30 different pieces and continue to develop other lines. Our
products can be found from uique high-end office stationary stores to classic
Men's lifestyle boutiques and movie sets. A lot of late nights and weekends are
spent in creating the best leather goods we can stand behind. It is our
greatest happiness when we know our customers not just depend on using our
products, but also represent their lifestyles. It gives them a sense
of accomplishment, their individual sophistication but yet casual sense of
accessorizing, and their discerning taste for well-made leather goods.