Chic Sparrow was born on Jennifer Harvey’s kitchen table. Soon the entire kitchen was taken over by leather, tools and dye – and then operation moved to the garage. Only 5 weeks later, it became obvious that orders were not slowing down: if Chic Sparrow was going to survive, Jennifer couldn't keep doing it on her own. She leased commercial space and her husband, Mark, quit his corporate job so they could build Chic Sparrow side-by-side.
In three years, we’ve come a long way from that kitchen table covered in leather and string. Chic Sparrow is now the largest manufacturer of handmade leather notebooks in North America. Responsible stewardship and quality are our core values, so we use only full grain leather from cows that were used for food. Chic Sparrow has grown to include hand-crafted leather goods, handbags, and top-quality paper inserts – and an online community of traveler’s notebook devotees.
The Chic Sparrow family has grown, too. Many of our employees work side by side with their cousin, sibling, or spouse. We’re proud to create more than a dozen flexible and well-paying jobs for working parents, stay at home moms, and the hearing impaired.
“Our lives are very much like leather,” says Jennifer. “Tough, flexible, scarred, and full of rich memories.”
Founder & Creative Director
Jennifer has a long history of creativity and a passion for working with her hands. As creative director, she personal designs, develops, and refines each product in every collection. She also spends time every day on the phone, answering questions and staying connected with customers. She’s dedicated to always improving the product line and is always willing to listen to feedback. When she’s not in the shop, you can find Jennifer curled up with a good book or enjoying time with her horses in the Eastern Washington countryside.