How would you describe your business?
I make a line of handmade leather bags and wallets that are simple, useful, and beautiful. I use only the highest quality leather I can find, tanned in the USA or Europe.
How did you get into your trade?
JAW Leather Goods started out of the frustrations of me, Jonathan A. Wilson (get it, JAW) never being able to sit still for long periods of time. Whether drawing, building, or making stuff, I have always been driven to create new things that didn't exist previously. Somewhere along that line (about 2008) I began to work on small leather projects which eventually steamrolled into leatherwork becoming the thing I was born to do. I now offer a whole line of goods, but they are all still handmade with the same care and craftsmanship by one person from start to finish. Leather is a living material—take it on a journey and watch it change with you.
Working as a maker on the Central Coast can be hard, expensive, and risky. Why do you do it?
Because I literally couldn't do anything else. The Central Coast is a hard place to make it, yes—but I grew up here and have a certain attachment to SLO that I can't shake.