The Artists

Michael Green

Leather & canvas

6901 SE Oaks Park Way #25, Portland OR 97202

Michael Green Essential Design

Medium: Leather & Canvas

Process: I create an initial prototype out of paper. Once I'm satisfied with the overall shape and dimension, I have dies made so the leather can be die cut and the canvas hand cut. The leather edges are then dyed and glued in place before being sewn in place either by machine or by hand. Hardware is kept to a minimum, to preserve the clean, architectural lines.

Price Range: $20 - $180

Bio: I've been a leather designer for over 35 years. Growing up in New York, I studied design and pattern drafting at The Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. In 1967 I left New York for San Francisco, drawn to the counter-culture revolution brewing on the west coast. I began crafting sandals, belts and leather garments, which were sold at craft shows. A stint in Spain refined and expanded my design aesthetic, and I began crafting handbags for boutiques and fine leather goods stores, including a long relationship with Nordstrom. The culmination of all these years has inspired Essential Design, a collection of canvas with leather bags, with a steadfast commitment to the allure and timelessness of good design.