Handbag designer Jenny Nemlekar is a biomedical engineer by training. For years, she studied how to make medical devices that were sound enough to fly past FDA requirements. Now she uses her background to create custom luxury leather bags out of her home studio in Wylie, a suburb of Dallas. The Jenny N. Design totes, purses, and wristlets are made from full-grain cow skin leather, proofed with water-resistant canvas lining, and completed with shining YKK zippers; some are also hand-painted. “I don’t regret at all being strongly persuaded by my parents to go into engineering,” she said. “I think that it’s made me a better handbag designer.” Here Texas Monthly talked to Nemlekar about her work. You can also go inside her studio in our latest Made in Texas video.

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