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February 15, 2017


Natalie Davis, a graphic designer, artist and educator, uses traditional tooling and construction techniques to create her modern leather goods.

The designer/founder: Born in New York, Davis grew up in Texas. She earned degrees from UCLA (in Design/Media Arts) and Cranbrook (MFA in 2D Design) before moving back to Texas to start her studio.

The company: Canoe, based in Austin, Texas, was founded in 2009. The company makes custom leather goods, including hand-stitched cabinet handles, hand-dyed catch-all trays, poufs and mirrors.

What’s popular: Cabinet pulls ($68 to 28, shown below). Also the award-winning unisex perfume, Skive ($52), which captures the scent of the leather studio.

Big break: The company’s light switch plates were featured in a 2014 New York Times article, “Highlights of NY Now Gift Show.”

Claim to fame: The perfume, Skive, won a 2015 Art & Olfaction award and was positively reviewed by perfume expert Luca Turin on

What’s new: Leather poufs (shown below).

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