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About The Designer:

Jillian Darnell has been designing one of a kind vegan leather bags, totes and clutches for over 10 years. Originally from Toronto Canada, she studied fine arts at The University of Waterloo and Fashion Design at George Brown College in Toronto. Her interest in design and leatherwork began while working in the leather industry in Acton Ontario. Jillian now resides on Bainbridge Island in Washington State with her husband, two boxers and two cats. All handbags are created with eco-friendly faux leathers and new and vintage fabrics from start to finish by Jillian in her home studio.

A note from Jill: John Met Betty is named after my grandparents John & Betty Thompson, who shared a flair for style, a storybook romance and a love for the PNW. Jillian's grandparents John & Betty met and married in Vancouver BC, they had their first date riding bikes in Stanley Park. Growing up in Ontario, Canada, I often heard stories about their lives out west, picture books of the west coast lined my grandparents coffee table. It was serendipitous that my husband and I ended up out here 10 years ago, it feels like fate in many ways. With my family history in the PNW and  a love equal to what my grandparents had for this magical place, I felt it was fitting to name my company after them.