About
kumu scratch

Leather Handbag design WASN'T JENNIFER LAZO'S ORIGINAL PATH. THE SELF-PROCLAIMED COUNTRY GIRL GREW UP IN MAKAWAO, MAUI, A CHARMING yet rugged "PANIOLO" (HAWAIIAN COWBOY) TOWN ON THE SLOPES OF HALEAKALA LINED WITH VINTAGE BUILDINGS, HITCHING POSTS AND ROLLING PASTURE LANDS.  HER MOTHER WAS A LUXURY SHOE DESIGNER, AND NATURALLY JEN GREW UP EXPOSED TO CREATIVE QUALITY AT AN EARLY AGE.

JEN FIRST LEFT HER ISLAND HOME TO ATTEND THE FASHION INSTITUTE OF DESIGN & MERCHANDISING IN SAN FRANCISCO. AT SCHOOL SHE STUMBLED UPON GRAPHIC DESIGN AND DISCOVERED A LOVE OF TYPOGRAPHY AND THE TACTILE QUALITY OF ALL THINGS PRINT. AFTER GRADUATION JEN FOLLOWED THE SNOW TO A DIFFERENT MOUNTAIN, TAHOE FIRST AND THEN TO VAIL SEEKING INSPIRATION FROM THE NATURAL ELEMENTS WHILE SNOWBOARDING AND CARVING OUT HER OWN PATHS.  A MOUNTAIN BY DAY AND RESTAURANT BY NIGHT LIFE DESIGNED A DEEP PASSION TO THE PURSUIT OF FOOD + DRINK, WHERE SHE PERFECTED THE ART OF THE COCKTAIL AND MIXOLOGY. STRIVING FOR BALANCE, FLAVOR AND ASCETICS, SHE DEVELOPED THE ABILITY TO CREATE AND DESIGN FROM SCRATCH. IT WAS THIS LIFESTYLE THAT LURED JENN INTO CONSTANTLY CRAFTING AND EXPERIMENTING WITH RAW-NATURAL INGREDIENTS. 

THE MOMENT SHE SAT DOWN TO MAKE A GIFT FOR A FRIEND JENN REALIZED LEATHER WAS THE SINGLE INGREDIENT SHE TRULY LOVED WORKING WITH. THE FEEL AND DURABILITY OF A GENUINE COWHIDE IN HER HANDS FELT LIKE RETURNING HOME, BACK TO THE SOURCE. THE SELF-TAUGHT MAKER NOW CRAFTS STATEMENT JEWELRY AND TIMELESS LEATHER GOODS FROM HER HUMBLE STUDIO IN MAUI, HAWAII.  

ITALY, CALIFORNIA AND OREGON HAVE BEEN JENN’S MAIN SOURCE FOR PRODUCT. MUCH LIKE THE QUALITY OF INGREDIENTS IN FOOD AND THE COCKTAIL, THE COLLECTIVE QUALITY OF HER SOURCED COMPONENTS MIXED WITH DETERMINED CRAFTING WILL ALWAYS DEFINE KUMU SCRATCH.  

Kumu Scratch was founded in the Summer of 2016. HER BACKGROUND IN ART + DESIGN MIXED WITH HER LOVE OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES CONTINUALLY INFORMS HER DESIGN + STYLE.

 

why the name "kumu scratch"?
 

In the hawaiian language the word "kumu" Loosely translates to "the source" or "the teacher". as a maker, jen's products are the source of her creativity and passion. the name is a reflection of the source of nature that compose the materials in use – cowhide, gemstones, brass, gold, pearls. these elements derived from the earth connect us to the source of everything. kumu scratch's jewelry + leather goods are a way of sharing elemental nature with you. the word "scratch" simply references the design process in which you "start from scratch."