After World War I, J.W. Hulme Co. began to apply its fastidious approach of purposeful design and construction towards producing awnings for the homes of St. Paul’s elite. Such was the demand for Hulme’s craftsmanship that the company’s product offering grew over time to include leather and canvas sporting bags and accessories. Distinctive Hulme bags became a must-have for the serious outdoor sportsman. As the company flourished it concentrated solely on making bags, including private label bags for other prominent companies.
In 2003 J.W. Hulme Co. did something extraordinary. It purposely reduced its operations and stopped producing private label bags. The company refocused all hands on quality over quantity. Instead of replacing workers with machines or shipping work overseas, Hulme renewed and strengthened its commitment to making superior goods using premium quality and American craftsmanship.
John W. Hulme, his brother, and a store clerk in front
of J.W. Hulme Co. in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Today, Hulme’s iconic character and passion lives on. Every bag and accessory continues to be individually hand crafted by American artisans. Top grain leathers are all sourced from US tanneries and hand-cut by masters using steel dies. All hardware is solid brass. Threads are unbreakable. Zippers maneuver fluidly. Leather edges are hand-dyed. Linings are meticulously matched and hand-sewn. Designs include unexpected features such as key leashes and hidden pockets. Every detail is important and every piece is personally inspected.
Discerning owners of Hulme products have ample time to appreciate the design, construction and rich, deepening patina. All bags and accessories are guaranteed for life, for this generation and the next, preserving John W. Hulme’s legacy of outstanding American-made quality.