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A Montreal Airbnb Experience with Lajoie creating a custom leather cardholder

For a few months now, I found a studio space where I can get away from the distractions at home and be productive. It’s a collective space shared with many other local artisans including Jordan Lajoie who hand-makes premium leather goods for his brand Lajoie.

Jordan invited me to his atelier, conveniently only a work desk away, and try out his new workshop he listed on Montreal’s Airbnb Experience. For only $70 and approximately 3 hours out of your weekend, you get a private/semi-private training on how to make one of his card holders aptly named “Mini Pocket”, a chill hangout with a cool dude, and mouth-watering pastries from his favourite spot.

You can choose from many different colours and types of leather of his already cut out design. The soft, premium leather used comes from one of the renowned tanneries: Horween Leather. Other options for customizing your Mini Pocket include adding your own monograms debossed or with a foil heat transfer, waxed linen thread, and edge paint. All of these high quality materials are some the best you can find on the market.

I settled on a two-tone design: green and navy.

To keep his workshop a mystery, I won’t get into the details of all of the process. All I want to say is how much of a pleasure it was to have that one-on-one privilege with Jordan and learning from him. You can feel how proud he is of the brand and product he created. He was patient and very clear with his instructions as well. It made the experience fun and insightful. You get the hands-on action you otherwise probably wouldn’t get on your own as some of the tools he uses are expensive.

All-in-all, this is a workshop I would be happy to recommend to anyone visiting Montreal or living in this city looking to learn about leatherwork without breaking the bank. What I find the most valuable in all of this was the knowledge shared from his years of experience and the great chats. Going home with a personalized Mini Pocket was a bonus.

Big thanks to Jordan Lajoie!

A Montreal Airbnb Experience with Lajoie creating a custom leather cardholder

When: On weekends as of the beginning of March 2019
Time: From 10:30 AM until approximately 1:00-1:30 PM
Where: In the Mile-Ex
Cost: $70
Sign up now: https://www.airbnb.com/experiences/171975

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