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Anita Jackel Deggan

Anita Jackel Deggan

Indian Summer Leather Design

Medium: Leather
Location: Gabriola Island, BC
Member Since: 1995

Anita’s passion for leather began early in life. When she was a little girl, she would sneak into the tannery in her hometown in Germany to collect discarded leather scraps in order to make little change purses.

As an adult, Anita studied fashion design at the well-known Fachhochschule fuer Gestaltung in Pforzheim, Germany. She later apprenticed with a designer in Berlin making high-end leather apparel.

After moving to Canada in 1994, she decided to draw on her European fashion heritage to create her own business selling soft leather bags and purses. For 20 years she has been creating uniquely designed bags that are well made and functional, combining her European background with a touch of West Coast flair.

“My inspiration comes from things that I see and experience in nature, my travels, art, and my surroundings. I enjoy playing and experimenting with my materials to discover fresh and unique designs.”

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