Matt Dean focuses on symmetrical silhouettes, sculptural materials and neutral tones.

Challenging the standard as an exercise in limitation, each work is formed from one piece of material without stitching or adhesives, resulting in an object equally unique in assembly and aesthetic.

From Matt

After receiving a degree in print design, I transitioned to a career in Silicon Valley as a digital product designer. Eventually making my way back to the East Coast, I discovered leather through my father’s handcrafted journal hobby. The natural patina and marbled surface of the vegetable tanned leather inspired me.

I challenged myself to design a handbag beyond traditional means that could be folded and fastened with hardware, instead of the standard of stitching or adhesive. The resulting concept was a minimal, timeless design that removed repetitive stitch lines and interruptive seams.


Our bovine leather is a byproduct of the meat and dairy industries, reducing waste and never raised simply for the hide. Exclusive to the region of Tuscany in Italy, our vegetable tanned leather avoids the use of toxic substances like azo-dyes, nickel, PCP or chrome VI by utilizing traditional methods of tanning in wooden drums with natural plant extracts. Even the byproducts of this process are recovered, recycled and reused to make fertilizers and masonry materials. Our hardware is also made from low-lead natural brass.

Our tanneries make large investments in depuration systems & waste recycling, performing ongoing monitoring to ensure a low impact on the environment. In an effort to minimize excess inventory, our handbags are made in limited quantities by small business factories in the United States, helping support their local communities.


All orders (US only) are eligible for no-cost shipping, offered at checkout via UPS Ground, with an estimated delivery of 3-5 business days.

Alternatively, UPS Next Day Air is offered for an additional cost, estimated based on shipping address.


Due to the organic nature of the material, each bag will have its own variation of color and texture. If you have any questions, please email hello@shopmattdean.com prior to purchase.

If for any reason you would like to return your purchase, email hello@shopmattdean.com with your order number within 7 days of delivery to request a free return. If a return request is granted, a prepaid return label will be emailed to you.

In order for a refund to be issued, items must be returned in their original condition, unused and unexposed to sunlight or moisture, along with all original, undamaged packaging and tags attached.

In the event your returned item does not meet all of the above requirements, your item will be returned to you, at your expense, and a refund will not be issued.


Tanned with organic vegetable extracts, the leather of your handbag is natural and naked, with no synthetic top coats shielding it from scratches, sunlight or water; exposure will create a unique patina. Any natural markings or variations in color are what make each piece distinct.

Even though our handbags are made from premium quality materials and construction, extra care should be taken to keep your bag in its best condition:

For specific questions about care, contact your local leather goods repair shop or email hello@shopmattdean.com.


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