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The Chic Sparrow Story

Chic Sparrow was born on Jennifer Harvey’s kitchen table in 2014. Soon the kitchen was taken over by leather, tools and dye, and then business moved to the garage. Only 5 weeks later, she leased commercial space and her husband, Mark, quit his corporate job so they could build Chic Sparrow together.

Today, 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. Chic Sparrow has grown to include hand-crafted leather goods, handbags, and paper inserts, plus an online community of travelers notebook devotees. We’re proud to create flexible and well-paying careers for working parents, students and the hearing impaired.

Responsible stewardship and quality are our core values, so we use only full grain leather from cows that were used for food.

“Our lives are very much like leather,” says Jennifer. “Tough, flexible, scarred, and full of rich memories.”

Chic Sparrow's Founders

Jennifer Harvey

Founder & Creative Director

Jennifer has a long history of creativity and a passion for working with her hands. As creative director, she personally designs develops and refines each product in every collection. She also spends time on the phone daily, answering questions and staying connected with customers. She’s dedicated to improving the product line and is always open 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.

Mark Harvey 

Co-Founder & Production Manager
In 2014, Mark gave up his corporate job to help Jennifer make Chic Sparrow a success. He’s never looked back. Mark found a new passion in the leather business and loves every aspect of the work, from improving inventory control to running errands for the shop. Always on the move, he usually logs more than 10,000 steps before lunch! He’s the glue that holds our shop together, a pillar of support, patience and expertise.