JOHN & MARY is a brand created by two designers from Warsaw, Maria Olszewska and Jan Dybowski. Maria graduated from Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School (previous name: Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television) University of Silesia and studied fashion design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Jan holds a degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Warsaw University of Technology.
We created our brand in 2018 when we were both in need of wallets. We wanted a wallet that was of excellent leather quality, minimalist, and at the same time unique. Since such a wallet was not easy to find, we decided to create it ourselves. After creating a few prototypes from paper and rigid fabric, we reached the final version, which was hemmed in a sewing workshop. That is how IRUN – our flagship product – was born.
We were inspired by memories of old-fashioned leather products found in our grandmothers’ and grandfathers’ closets, especially with their simplicity and timelessness. That’s why IRUN is first and foremost functional but in an original way. Its design is intriguing because it consists of one piece of leather stitched in such a way to create a neat item that fits perfectly in one’s hand.
Our goal is to create beautiful, minimalistic, and enduring leather products that are functional and comfortable to use. We would like everyone holding our product in their hands to feel that it is something unique, handmade from the best quality of leather and set to last for many years.