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We believe

  • In quality craftsmanship

  • Simplicity is indeed the ultimate form of sophistication 

  • You only need to carry one bag, a JLEW bag with a silver lining

Our Story

They say necessity is the mother of invention.  JLEW bags originated this way.
Going from the boxing gym daily straight to meetings, I found myself carrying multiple bags and appearing less than put together.  I could not find a true carryall sufficient to hold all of my workout and work gear that also looked fashionable.    So I decided to make my own.   I pulled out the toy machine I purchased in a pinch years ago and started sewing.  Walking past Times Square characters and networking among the suits on Wall Street proved invaluable in perfecting the bag design.  

So many comments, so little time, but with each critique came an improved design.  I upgraded to a couple of heavy duty machines thanks to Amazon Prime (yes you can even get one delivered the same day in Manhattan on a Sunday).  About six months and seventy prototypes later I decided to go back to school at FIT – Fashion Institute of Technology (a little different from my Columbia MBA but way more fun)  and learn more about pattern making and bag construction.


 In class one day I looked down at the bag I was making and smiled realizing I had chosen a silver lining!  That was my aha moment.

JLEW bags is my passion project. These bags energize me even more than boxing does; my way of sharing this happy energy is by including a silver lining with every bag. I hope you see it sparkle back at you when you go to pack it in those early morning hours pre coffee . . . when you look down at it from your desk eagerly anticipating gym time later in the day . . . and again when put your gear back inside it after a good workout . . . or when you look down from your barstool at happy hour and the secret of skipping the gym stays safe between you and your JLEW bag.

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