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Maple Leather Company
Rt. 519, PO Box 319
Rosemont, NJ
08556-0319
(609) 397-1199   
FAX (609) 397-9152
Orders: 1-800-826-1199



About Our Company

Itís All About the Bags...
Itís what musicians say about their passion for music, and itís how Seymour Mondshein and Lisa Martin feel about their backpacks, purses, and hip bags created in leather and tapestry. Even after celebrating over 20 years working together, these are two people who can still get excited about a new pocket for a cell phone or Ipod.

A Tradition...
The origins of Maple Leather Company and GreatBagsģ can be found in craftsmanship and skills passed down from generation to generation. Seymour Mondshein / Lisa Martin started making bags at the age of eleven in the back of his fatherís Maple Fur Shop in Newark, New Jersey. Abraham Mondshein was a European-trained furrier and Holocaust survivor who loved to have his son in his workshop after school. Through trial and error, plus coursework at both F.I.T. and Parsons School of Design in New York City, Seymourís designs have evolved to the many different styles and collections that you can see today. The couple met when Lisa came to New Jersey to be the Textiles artist-in-residence at Peters Valley Craft Center, and the rest is history.

The Design Philosophy...
'We strive to create work of lasting beauty, designs which are both durable and functional. Every bag we make is designed to provide the user with maximum convenience, comfort, and style. In that process, we use only the finest materials available and the highest levels of craftsmanship. We search the international market for the finest leathers and textiles available and are proud of the high quality we select. All our bags are proudly made in the U.S.A.'

About Our Company


Seymour Mondshein,
Owner/Designer, Circa 1984

     As a designer I strive to create work of lasting beauty, designs which are both durable and functional. In that process, I use only the finest materials available and the highest levels of craftsmanship. It's a philosophy which is carried through in all our bags.
     I started making bags at the age of 11 in the back of my father's Maple Fur Shop in Newark, New Jersey.  They were pretty simple at first but through trial and error, plus course work at both F.I.T and Parsons School of Design in NYC, my bag designs have evolved to the level that I am proud to present to you today.
     In the course of each year, I talk to thousands of women about what they want in a bag and their feedback contributes to the quality of my designs.
     Lisa Martin is the other half of our design team.  A fiber artist, basket maker and handbag designer in her own right, we spend many hours together choosing materials, discussing how things work and testing what we create.  A pocket here, a zipper there, and let's not forget the strap.
     Creating a handbag that is a pleasure to use on a daily basis is not rocket science, but take a look at our customer feedback page and you will see the rave reviews that keep us constantly creating new bags.
     Shop our website and we hope you will find something that will make you a little happier in your day to day life.
     Owner/Designer since 1985

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