The Stowe was born from a desire to create beautiful, functional accessories. Stowe founder Molly Spittal, a graduate of Vancouver’s Blanche MacDonald fashion design program, had an epihany after a conversation with a local cobbler regarding a damaged belt. This exchange introduced to her the conecpt of leather as a craftperson’s material, rather separate from the fashion world she was accustomed to. She fell in love. An impluse move to Montreal led to a position as a sample maker, refining patterns for luxury brands like Alexander Wang, Ghurka, and Rag & Bone. It was there that the interest in the various processes of leather crafting coalesced with her background in fashion and created the inspiration for the Stowe.
From the beginning, our aim has been to create products that combine timeless minimalism with functional design. Our products are made exclusively in Montreal, Quebec, by skilled artisans with decades of experience in the leather-making industry.
The milled cowhide and oiled buffalo leathers featured in the collection were carefully selected for their aesthetic appeal and durable nature. Various other materials, like
the marine-grade double-braided nylon rope straps on the Frances backpack, for example, were sourced with a similar approach. The Stowe uses solid brass hardware and YKK zippers.