Keep Learning, Get Making, Be Creative!


At Minnie + George, we're proud to teach traditional leather-working techniques. These are time honored skills that have been passed down by craftsmen and artisans for generations, and we're committed to keeping them alive and in active practice.

From start to finish of our classes or DIY projects, the only machines used is your hands. We believe they are the best tools you have.



About Designer & Educator, L.A. Caldwell
L.A. Caldwell was born in Pasadena, CA in 1974. She has always been a creative spirit, spending hours drawing on her bedroom floor as a child. She’s also been a Jane of all trades--from private shopper for some of Washington D.C.’s political and business elite in the 90’s, to floral designer, to English teacher in multiple Spanish speaking countries. She’s now focusing her creativity, love of teaching, and passion for making in creating Minnie + George.

My goal is to demonstrate the value of hard work, an appreciation for quality, and an eye for clean and classic style in leather work. All are qualities that I learned from my parents. To me, they both characterize the beauty of simple yet timeless good taste that inspires what I create
— L.A. Caldwell, Owner & Designer

Who are Minnie and George?
 Minnie + George is named after the parents of designer L.A. Caldwell. They met in Pasadena, California in 1965. Minnie, working as a waitress, George, a frequent customer. According to Minnie it wasn’t exactly love at first site; She wasn’t too crazy about the guy in her section who kept calling her “doll baby.” But, when she and her roommate decided to throw a party at their very empty apartment, George offered to loan her his furniture out of his small apartment. It was this act of kindness that led to talks, shared meals, and to a walk home one evening that ended in a marriage proposal. Now, 50 years later, Minnie and George are still sharing talks and meals and walks with each other. They have been the inspiration and set the example for everything that Minnie + George, the business, stands for. Their steadfast commitment to each other, their family, friends and community is the same kind of commitment that we try to emulate each day.