Our Story

We Are Makers This Built America | Josh Franer & Man Made Content We have been makers since the day John Willis Hulme founded our company in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1905. For more than a century, every J.W. Hulme Co. travel bag, briefcase, backpack, handbag and accessory has been proudly Made in America and crafted to last a lifetime. Each bag is individually handmade by our skilled artisans using the finest American leathers selected from small craft tanneries in our home state of Minnesota, as well as Maine, Illinois and Tennessee. Our exclusive leathers are tanned using old-school dying and finishing techniques to accentuate the full grain, color variances and natural imperfections of each hide. Developed with one of the oldest tanneries in the United States, our signature American Heritage leather has become a classic. The cowhide is double-tanned and hand burnished to create a rich patina that gives every bag its unique character. At J.W. Hulme, we use only the finest materials and meticulous hand craftsmanship to create leather goods of exceptional quality, and we guarantee them for life. J.W. Hulme Co. Over 100 years of heritage in every bag.