B R U N O
"Bruno" is a tribute to my grandmother and all of the extraordinary women in my family. It was her maiden name. I've been sewing since she taught me to thread a needle at age 8.
I have memories of her teaching me the back stitch and straight stitch and tying a french knot. We embroidered, we crocheted, we sewed, cooked, and colored... I always had my hands in something creative at her house.
Gran was a tenacious, big-hearted woman. She made a mean cabbage roll, could cut a rug like nobody's business and was always up for an adventure.
I miss her... she will always be an inspiration.
xobruno comes from a love of canvas and leather, the way they compliment each other and personalize to you over time. Our line is inspired by classic design, a unisex sensibility and a bag that will stick around through thick and thin. All of our bags are handcrafted in our Portland Oregon studio with the best leather, tools, materials and care.
We love what we do and we think you will too.
The short version of my journey to "here" started with my first solo move to upstate NY to study
Fine Art at Alfred University. After two and a half years there, and the realization that I didn't have enough life experience to inform my art, I decided to quit school and headed to Albuquerque NM for some good desert living. That was the first time that I really fell in love with a "place". Best sunsets ever.
3 or 4 years later, I hitched a ride to New Orleans with a suitcase and ended up staying for several years pursuing art and fine metal work and glass and sewing and a bunch of other stuff - but mostly just staying up late, biking around at all hours, and partying too much.
I decided to move to Olympia WA in 1998 to finish my art degree at Evergreen. I did that while running a music/art/film venue called Hi-Lo. Olympia is a magical place and I learned a lot there.
After 5 years in Oly, I moved to Portland and 11 years later, here I am, still exploring the beautiful Northwest and always finding new things, new places, and new people to love.
S H I P P I N G
If you live in portland, or are in the area, you are more than welcome schedule a studio appointment to buy directly from our stock of bags and accessories
to set up an appointment, contact us via our contact page or email us at xobruno @ gmail . com
EVERY BAG IS HANDMADE TO ORDER RIGHT HERE IN OUR PORTLAND STUDIO!
upon receipt of payment all orders are insured and shipped USPS Priority mail in 5 - 10 week days.
(unless noted otherwise)
shipping and handling based on percentage of total amount purchased.
After you purchase an item, you will immediately get a confirmation email from PayPal.
as soon as we finish making your item, you will receive an email to notify you that your order has been shipped which will also contain tracking information for your package.
international / rates:
international orders are shipped usps global priority.
canada & mexico: additional $10
rest of the world: additional $16
this will be added to your payment through paypal.
R E T U R N P O L I C Y
Because we handmake every item to order, we can not offer refunds. However, if you receive your bag and are not happy with it, you can return it for in-store credit so long as you notify us within 7 days of receiving your order. Please make sure not to remove the tag.
If an item is damaged, defective or an incorrect order, please contact us via email within 7 days of receiving item. Upon receipt of your order (unused, with tag) we will send a replacement. you will not be charged s+h.
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P R I V A C Y P O L I C Y
xobruno will never sell, loan, rent or distribute any personal information to third parties under any circumstance. the information we collect is used solely to process your order or to let you know about new items, sales or discounts. we are committed to protecting your privacy!
W H O L E S A L E
any store interested in carrying xobruno items or receiving a wholesale price list should send an email with the name of your store, description of store and web address, location, and contact information.
C A R E & M A I N T E N A N C E
WAX INFUSED CANVAS: The best way to clean the bags and not harm the water repellent finish is to sponge them off using just water. If more cleaning is needed, hand washing using a brush with mild soap and hanging the bag to dry.
**Do not wash in washing machine or dry clean** If the bags are washed and dried in a machine they will shrink and lose some of the water repellency and their appearance will be changed. Dry cleaning will harm the water repellent finish.
LEATHER: simple soap and water. Air dry. I like to use BLACKROCK Leather ''N' Rich to clean, soften and preserve the leather over time. Apply with a soft cotton cloth and wipe off with a separate cotton cloth.
WOOL: Mild soap and water applied with a clean cotton cloth. Air dry.