I fell in love with London at 16 and at 20 I moved here to improve on my skills as a designer. I ended up taking a leather bags course and things slowly fell into place by learning a skill I never thought I'd get the opportunity to do.
Being able to study in London has opened up a wealth of materials and knowledge to me as a designer. I've been able to learn from established makers and companies that have been trading in skills that have been handed down through generations.
My design style is a mixture of my love of British culture and my American upbringing.
Nette' leather goods is a collection of well thought out designs, which strives to offer hand-crafted, bespoke accessories that are made to last and get better with age.
Nette’ is a leather goods company created from the talents of Californian Johnette’ Taylor. Trading in London since 2010, from a small market in East London. Johnette’ has taken the inspiration from America and life in London to create a personal and well-made collection of leather goods and small accessories.
Johnette’ started sewing from a young age, which grew into a passion for designing. This lead her to study fashion, gaining degrees from the London College of Fashion and the Fashion Institute of Merchandising in Los Angles. After her studies she focused her attention on the leather craftsmanship, how products are made, and how they can impact on people’s lives. Her plans were to make products without cutting corners, by focusing on details that make a difference in the quality of a product. From these pieces of work Nette’ was created.
Thanks to the help of the Prince’s Trust and other small business support, things are moving in the right direction for nette’. This time last year Johnette’ was working from her flat in London, and now has moved to a shared studio space in Cockpit Arts, in Holborn.
Nette’ leather goods are handcrafted, sustainable products using locally sourced leathers and fittings used in every accessory. Each product is designed and made by Johnette’, which means no bag is the same. That makes for a unique investment piece that will stand the everyday journey of the working professions to the young adult.