About Winter Session
Winter Session began as a side project in designer and co-founder Tanya and Toy's industrial apartment in Chicago, in 2010. They were both working in the city in creative capacities, but wanted to spend more time working with their hands and exploring their own ideas in addition to the other businesses and projects they were involved in. Over the next few years, Winter Session evolved organically, as they experimented with different materials, added leather to their expanding repertoire and brought on outside hands to help. In early 2013, in an effort to move back to their roots, they moved the business to Denver, Colorado, the state both of them call home, and created a dedicated workshop and more permanent team. The creative community and overall growth and development in Denver has been an excited benefit, a community that is dynamic, supportive and collaborative.
The design of Winter Session's products is a very thoughtful process. They design each product carefully, drawing on experience with architecture, textiles, design and world travels. They also find inspiration in their own multi-faceted lives as young business owners: the need for products that are at once versatile, functional, long-lasting and beautiful, which is important to creating a well-rounded life. Another important element in Winter Session's design is to tread lightly, and use eco-friendly materials and processes.
In asking Winter Session what makes their products or processes unique, they replied, "We use a combination of traditional techniques - stitching handles and wallets by hand, with stitching ponies and waxed linen thread - and modern technologies: laser cutting and etching, AutoCAD patterning to create our products. We also embrace some philosophies that are age-old but coming back in vogue as many people are more conscious of the resources we use, both as producers and consumers. At Winter Session, we choose vegetable tanned leather, which uses natural botanical materials to treat the leather, as opposed to the speedier, but more resource-intensive chrome processing that makes up a vast majority of commercially-used leather.
Winter Session is a standout company that produces hand made and unique products and does so in a responsible manner.