Greg Cummins, founder of Logan Zane, a handmade leather goods company in New York City, chats with Joonbug about his line. The company, founded in 2010, draws inspiration from the art deco period, using quality materials, and made right here in America. Cummins created the collection out of his own necessity for a quality bag. He created The Remsen, a camouflage leather backpack, and within weeks of sporting it, people began to notice. Thus began Logan Zane. This company sets itself apart from the rest with its simple sophistication. Unlike some other designer brands, Logan Zane's classic design can withstand the test of time--both with durability and style. See what Greg has to say about Logan Zane.
How did you come up with the name for your line?
Logan Zane is named after my 6-year-old son, he actually has many opinions on design.
You started creating your line because you were looking for a nice leather bag for yourself. How did you evolve from there?
After the initial custom backpack, it went from one style to many in a matter of weeks, as I realized a need for quality everyday carry. The brand is constantly evolving because it's not just bags; we focus on many high quality men's accessories. Unlike 10 years ago, when we could leave home with just a wallet, the modern guy actually uses a laptop, iPad, smart phone, DSLR, and all sorts of devices on a daily basis.
Did you have any design experience prior to launching your brand?
I dabbled in jewelry design for a few years.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I'm inspired by timelessness. I’m inspired by good design, not necessarily fashion or trend, but everyday designs that last the test of time. The designs that Gerald Genta has done for Audemars Piguet and Cartier still sits on our wrists unchanged for decades. Bruce Kilgore's Air Force One shoe for Nike has remained in its original form for decades. The Gucci Jackie Bag...I could go on forever, but you get the idea.
Where do you get the leather that you use for your pieces?
We scour the globe looking to import the finest leathers. Italy has the best tanneries so we usually import our hides from there and produce all goods here in America. Keeping the production in America is very important to us. The average consumer doesn't realize that US factories are far superior to any nation, when it comes to quality. I try to spread the message of "Buy Less, Buy Better."
How do you decide what products to make?
There isn’t a real method to deciding which product is next; we make whatever we feel reaches our standards.
Any projects in the works right now? What can we expect in the future?
Many projects are still in the works. I don’t want to let the names out of the bag, but you can expect more lifestyle goods, home furnishings, and collaborations with Avone of Destroy and Rebuild and Anchor Division.