Introducing the Leatherwork School Resource Guide

“When I started my leatherwork journey, one of the hardest things I had to overcome was finding suppliers for my projects.  This complimentary 16 page Resource Guide is packed with lists of helpful, tanneries, suppliers, distributors and more.  I’ve even included a few checklists to help you plan your shopping wish lists.

This Resource Guide is available to everyone now, in advance of my new book “Leatherwork School: Step by Step Instruction for Making Hand Stitched Leathergoods”, due out Fall 2018.”  — Ellen 


Making things is literally in her blood.  She made her first handbag when she was in second grade.  Then she took a long winding road through many other creative pursuits before she came back to designing and making leather goods and handbags.  One day while doing some genealogy research, she found a direct descendent advertising his downtown Boston leather goods shop in the 1854 Boston Almanac.  That discovery further reinforced that she was born for this business.
Once she settled on working with leather as her life’s work, she set about to learn everything she could about this time-honored craft.  She has traveled all over the world, working with the finest craftsmen, suppliers and dealers in North America, Britain, Europe and Asia to hone her talents. She trained with first and second generation luxury leathergoods makers who worked at leading brands, learning the processes and techniques used to design and construct timeless classics.
Her greatest joy is working with clients and students to help them create fabulous bespoke pieces.
Valentine and her studio are based in Orlando, Florida.

Her new book “Leatherwork School: Step by Step Instruction for Making Handstitched Leathergoods” is due out Fall of 2018.