Saint Crispin

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 18th February 2013

Leathergoods by new Sydney label, Saint Crispin. Styling – Glen Proebstel, Photography – Mark Townsend.

Leathergoods by Saint Crispin. Styling – Glen Proebstel, Photography – Mark Townsend.

Leather table runners by Saint Crispin. Styling – Glen Proebstel, Photography – Mark Townsend.

Today’s post came as a friendly tip off from stylist Glen Proebstel, who, despite having moved to NYC last year, still has his finger firmly on the pulse of all that is happening in Australian design!  Thanks for thinking of us Glen!

Saint Crispin is a new range of handcrafted Australian leather goods, designed by Scotland-born, Sydney-based Craig Jones.  Though he did originally study textile design many moons ago, Craig has worked for nearly 15 years in homewares and furniture retail in Sydney.  Late last year he finally decided it was time to launch his own label – a succinct little range of leather bags, accessories and homewares, all handmade in Sydney.  I am loving the caramel tones and slightly crackled texture of the tote bags pictured above – and how about those smart iphone cases!? Beautiful.

The Saint Crispin website is coming soon, in the meantime you can spot the range at stockists including Smallspaces and Becker Minty in Sydney, and Ajar in Melbourne.

If you’re wondering where the name comes from, Craig explains – ‘Saint Crispin is the  patron Saint for leather, saddlers and tanners’.  As it happens, Craig launched his business in October last year – the same month as Saint Crispin’s Day.  ‘Pure coincidence, but rather appropriate!’ he says!

We asked Craig a few questiins about his new business –

Tell us a little bit about your background – what path led you to launching Saint Crispin?

Nearly 20 years ago I studied Textile Design (Printed and Constructed Textiles) at Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. I then moved to Antwerp, Belgium and worked with a designer assisting with knitwear and shoe collections. I arrived in Sydney nearly 15 years ago, and started working at Empire Homewares in Darlinghurst (which is where I met Glen Proebstel actually). After that I moved into commercial furniture and worked for eight years at Stylecraft in Sales.

What design and manufacturing processes are involved in the creation of your pieces?

I design the product and have it manufactured in Sydney.  My bags, cushions and technology accessories including iPhone covers are made locally by a skilled leather manufacturer.  I make the table runners myself, cutting by hand, washing the leather to soften and age slightly, before stitching by hand.  I believe it is important to utilise the entire hide and not waste a scrap of this gorgeous material.

What can we expect next from Saint Crispin?

I intend to develop the bags, along with other items such as homewares.

At the moment in development is a overnight ‘grip’ bag, a lightweight leather rucksack for urban cyclists!  I work full-time, so development may be slower than I would like, but my main aim is to produce quality pieces that last for a long time.

Leather iPhone covers by Saint Crispin. Styling – Glen Proebstel, Photography – Mark Townsend.

by Lucy Feagins, Editor
Monday 18th February 2013


  • Anne-Claire 4 years ago

    Oh I LOVE these! Simply beautiful items… Thanks for sharing.

  • Vari @ Buttercup Ink 4 years ago

    I love these bags! Great to see a fellow Scot killin’ it down here in Australia!

    Vari x

  • Marie 4 years ago

    Love the entire collection…..and now really want the iPhone case. Looking forward to the website.

  • Jo Madden 4 years ago

    I love this whole collection, simple yet stunning, such a talented designer.

  • Rimbo 4 years ago

    I have managed to get my hands on a Tote Bag, I love it! So stylish yet so practical.

  • Kylie 4 years ago

    Stunning collection

  • Hermit Homewares 4 years ago

    Well helloooo Saint Crispin. What a classy collection! I love each and every piece, and the styling and photography aren’t half bad either ;)

  • Vb 4 years ago

    Stunning, chic, elegant are a few words I would use to describe this collection xxxx

  • Clair Miller 4 years ago

    Love the latest Vogue Living featuring your work, Just Divine! The bag, Napery!!!!

  • Tom Netrosio 3 years ago

    Travel bags are the most chic, stylish and expensive when they are made from leather. There are several brand names that sell original, well styled and well made leather goods that are famous around the world for their quality. These well known brand names are like the Leather Specialty, Millennium Leather which manufacture the best quality of leather travel bags that are well known and well liked. People who like style and elegance and can also afford one like to buy items that are made out of leather. There is different variety in leather which is all attractive in the type you like it. ^^-.

    http://www.caramoanpackage.comCatch you around

  • Mieko tuckey 3 months ago

    Hi I want to get some small leather labels with my design pressed in to sew on bags etc. can you help

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