Meet Mandi Leigh - Custom Leather Worker
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A little about myself… Well, my name is Mandi Leigh! I am based out of beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. As you might have already seen from the site, (if not stop by my Shop Now, Custom Order, or Photo Gallery page) I specialize in custom, handmade leather work… everything from purses, wallets, headbands, coin purses, belts, sheaths, and more! My passion is commissioned work… I absolutely love sitting down with my customers and designing their pieces together. I hand punch, hand lace/stitch, and mix my own stains to create one-of-a-kind designs.
I also work in a creative industry, and have been in film since I graduated from highschool! I started on Supernatural Season 1 as a Production Assistant and worked my way up in the business to be an Assistant Director for some major TV shows around Vancouver (or “HollyNorth” as it’s been rightfully dubbed). I am currently stepping back from the on-set life to allow more time to be creative! My connections in film have also allowed me to design a few leather items for a couple local productions… but that’s all I can say for now!
I started my creative journey designing feather earrings, hairpieces, fascinators, broaches, and more with a close friend of mine. Those designs eventually ended up in 6 stores in and around Vancouver for a time! One day, a regular customer dropped off a bag of leather “scraps”…. and my love for leather from childhood memories of my Mom creating in our kitchen to help raise my brother and I was re-ignited! My Mom saw what I was doing with the scraps and took me on, showed me the process to build leather wares, showed me all the tools and stitching that SHE learned from my Grandfather. Yes, I’m a 3rd generation leatherworker! I also took it upon myself to take a 4-weekend course at a local leather supply store to “update” the knowledge passed to me with all the latest tools. My Grandfather then gifted me all of his patterns from the 1950’s, 1906’s, so you will see elements of those patterns all throughout my work, of course with a Mandi Leigh twist!
To round off the depth of my creativeness, I am also a musician! I was trained through school in both Concert and Competitive Jazz Choirs, as well as a full 14 piece “Rhythm & Blues” band for my last two years of highschool. Since then, I had a year-long run with a Northern Soul tribute band in 2007 and have done guest performances for a couple other local bands. I currently sing in my OWN band featuring all original music…. I write all the lyrics and vocal melodies for our songs.
Really appreciate you taking the time to get to know me! I hope you enjoy my work and would love the chance to get to know YOU and design a unique, one-of-a-kind, Mandi Leigh leather piece together soon!