Meet the Winter Session Team: Jack Van Leeuwen

July 3, 2019

Meet the Winter Session Team: Jack | Photo by Audrey Boyd
What's on your task list today?
Making leather shoulder straps (my favorite thing to make because there are so many different steps and pieces). Wallet stitching (today it's Slim Card Wallets). Some product photography for the new leather accessories we just started making. And to cap the day off we’re launching a Facebook campaign around the new leather pieces. 

What's your role at Winter Session, and how long have you been working here?
You might say I’m a Jack of all trades ;)  I started working here around nine months ago, starting with wallet stitching, then from there branching into marketing and advertising (that’s my background), then from there, more leather production. Right now I’m creeping up on some photography stuff. 

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Meet the WS Team: Charla Bultman

June 26, 2019

Winter Session Workshop | Bags and Accessories made in Denver CO

What's on your task list today?

I've got two Grey Roll Tops to make and a one-off bag I'm excited about: it's a multi-color bag for a barista competition prize at Huckleberry Roasters. May the best barista win!

What's your role at Winter Session, and how long have you been working here?

I'm first a seamstress but I also manage the Sewing Village - that's our cutesy term for our cluster of sewing machines. It's been over four years now that I've been privileged to call this place home. I feel like at this point I've got most of the bag patterns down ;)

Waxed Canvas Bags and Backpacks | made in Denver by Winter Session

What’s an especially satisfying moment for you while you're making bags?

Running out of bobbin thread just as I’m finishing a seam or finishing a project right at the end of the day. 

Extra bonus: when my outfit happens to match my project.

What podcast is streaming in your headphones?

Lots of Gastropod, currently.  I especially love to listen to it as we near lunch time… gets me nice and hungry.

Sewing Workshop | Winter Session | Denver CO

How do you take your coffee?

With cream, please!

Favorite coffee mug:

The one my sister-in-law made.  Makes me feel closer to Alaska and the family there.

Sewing Process | Winter Session Workshop | Denver CO

When did you first start sewing? 

As a kid I messed around on our family sewing machine and was especially talented at making at bobbin messes on the back of my projects. When I started here at Winter Session, Roy and Tanya showed me the ropes (haha, pun intended). 

Favorite tool:

Snips. They’re just cute.

What’s your favorite thing about working here?

I’ve never been a part of a team that is so committed to each other and living full, vibrant lives as we create things we’re all passionate about.  The synergy here in the shop enriches my life on lots of levels.

What WS bag / wallet / accessory do you carry?

Oh man. For grocery runs I opt for my Olive Roll Top. For fancy times I break out my patina-ed Leather Garrison (it was broken in during my trip to the Netherlands two years ago and holds lots of special memories). But my everyday carry would probably be my special customized Utility Tote that I made from a piece of canvas (maybe a dye mistake?) that our fabric company wrapped our pallet with one time. And my go-to wallet would have to be the Snap Wallet (mine is two-tone Tobacco and Burgundy leather). 

Canvas Tote Bag | Winter Session | made in Denver CO

What do you always carry in your bag, no matter what?

Ear buds.  I spend a lot of time commuting on bike or foot and it’s fun to be able to learn things or set the musical mood for an epic sunset.

When you're not at Winter Session, where can you be found?

I love puttering in my garden or walking to yoga... or catching up on long distance phone calls while walking City Park's lake. On the weekends I also teach at a folk art craft studio (that I love!) called Craftsman & Apprentice

Secret talent / alter ego outside of Winter Session:

I’m secretly a Red Belt in Tae Kwon Do. 

If you had knuckle tattoos, they would say:



Workshop photos: Audrey Boyd 
Bag photos: Charla Bultman

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Guest Workshop: The Art of Being

April 1, 2019

The Art of Being: abstract painting workshop

Next Saturday, our cutting area will be temporarily transformed into a painting studio!

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February 24, 2019

WINTER SAMPLE SALE / canvas and leather goods made by Winter Session in Denver CO


It's been a while since our last sample sale, and in the meantime we've saved all sorts of goods and goodies for you. Next Sunday, we're having an in-person sample sale at our shop, and we hope you'll come by and pick out something for yourself! (Okay, it's nice to pick out gifts for friends too... :)

WHEN : SUNDAY MARCH 3 // 11am - 1pm

What are we selling? Here's a sneak preview: 

- Garrison Bags, Backpacks, and totes
- Dopp Kits, Zip Bags, Folios, and odd size zipper pouches
- Roll Up seconds, Knife Roll samples, and fishing rod rolls
- Coffee kit prototypes, pot holders, and canvas planters
- Wallet seconds, samples, prototypes, and floor models


RSVP + share on FB HERE


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Goods Guide: All the Bags (We'll help you choose!)

August 23, 2018

Waxed Canvas Felix Tote Bag | made in Denver by Winter Session

Just in time for fall, we've put together a brief overview of our bag styles to help you find the right match as you head into a new season. Whether you're starting a new chapter, picking out a bag for a friend or family member who's starting a fresh venture, or simply looking to upgrade your daily carry, we're here to help outfit you with a well made, good looking bag to accompany the journey. And we're also here to help guide you through our collection! Read on...
Waxed Canvas Travel Day Bag | made in Denver by Winter Session
The Travel Day Bag // $289
If briefcases were more versatile and messenger bags were more stylish, they might be closer to the Day Bag. Big enough to carry a day's worth of work and study supplies, camera gear, or travel accessories, yet compact enough to serve as your go-to daily commuter or travel carry-on. Laptop sleeve? Check. Accessory pockets? Plenty. Find it HERE >>

Waxed Canvas Weekender Bag | made in Denver by Winter Session
The Weekender Bag // $389
Looking for a bag with a generous carrying capacity that's compact enough to pass as a carry-on? The versatile Weekender is designed to carry several days' worth of clothing and accessories while keeping everything organized and accessible. Its sturdy construction and refined aesthetic make the Weekender well suited for extended stays -- whether you're traveling for work or getting away on vacation. Bonus: it's our only bag with a leather bottom. Find it HERE >>
Waxed Canvas Garrison Bag | made in Denver by Winter SessionThe Garrison Bag // $279
Our original 'refined utilitarian' carryall, the Garrison has been faithfully carrying our customers' work, study, play, and travel essentials since 2011. Its generous carrying capacity will accommodate all of your daily necessities, plus some, with small items tucked away in its numerous inside and outside pockets. Open top allows for easy access, while leather tab closure and extra D-rings allow you to clip the bag closed when you want things to stay put. Find it HERE >>

Waxed Canvas Utility Tote Bag | made in Denver by Winter SessionThe Utility Tote // $129 
Sharing the silhouette of the Garrison and constructed from a single layer of heavyweight waxed twill fabric, the Utility Tote is a perfect over-the-shoulder, no-fuss solution for lugging all your things. Better yet -- it's handsome enough to take to the office, out for happy hour, on a date, or to your mom's friend's party. Hinged leather handles fold out of the way when you need them to, and inside pockets will keep your wallet, keys and gym punch card from swimming around. Find it HERE >>


Waxed Canvas Felix Tote Bag | made in Denver by Winter SessionThe Felix Bag // $289
The Felix is a chameleon: it looks confidently at home in the office, study hall, coffee shop, dive bar, birthday party, networking gig, or weekend away. A slim profile and minimal exterior belie its versatile functionality: pockets just where you need them, along with plenty of room for laptop, notebooks, snacks, and an extra layer for when the weather turns chilly. Find it HERE >>

Waxed Canvas Zipper Tote Bag | made in Denver by Winter Session
The Zipper Tote // $129
Simple and refined, the Zipper Tote packs a punch when it comes to toting your stuff. Pack it light when you're heading to the office, or load it up when you're heading out of town -- the top panel expands when you need to fit an extra layer on top of your homework. A single inside pocket keeps small stuff where you need it. Find it HERE >>


Waxed Canvas Backpack | made in Denver by Winter Session
The Backpack // $289
A good looking, hard working companion that has your back (literally). A padded back panel and wide leather straps provide a comfortable carry when your load gets heavy, while multiple pockets inside and out are there to help you stay organized (yep, there's a laptop sleeve!). Twin side pockets are sized for sunglasses, keys, and small items. Carrying capacity is slightly smaller than the Roll Top Pack. Find it HERE >>
Waxed Canvas Roll Top Backpack | made in Denver by Winter SessionThe Roll Top Backpack // $289
Sharing our standard Backpack's best assets (quilted back, adjustable leather straps, interior laptop sleeve), the Roll Top Pack is built for all kinds of adventures. Top panel rolls down and secures with a brass buckle for regular workday loads or pops up to accommodate extra supplies, yoga mats or flea market finds. Front stash pockets and side water bottle pockets keep all your important stuff handy. Slightly larger volume than the Backpack when rolled down. Find it HERE >>

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