Studio Tour

Spring Finn & Co. Studio Tour

by Shannon Grant

We first met Talin Spring back in September when we toured her Provence-inspired Minneapolis home. The peek into a small home studio she uses for her accessories line, Spring Finn & Co., had us itching for more, so we are thrilled to give you a full tour of her other studio today.

Spring Finn & Co. is a second career for Talin, after having a previous career as an investment banker. While she enjoyed many aspects of that job — stimulating work and travel all over the world — Spring Finn and Co. is her true passion. Though it seems like a leap to jump from the world of finance to handmade leather goods, this was quite a natural progression for Talin. As a child in Istanbul, she grew up in a home where everything was handmade. Her mother and grandmother were masters of needlework and her father owned three shoe and slipper shops, so she became very familiar with the leather trade from a young age. With a deep appreciation for high-quality materials and time-honored leather-working techniques, Talin is proud to make products she loves for clients who share that same appreciation.

In terms of process, she doesn’t stick to one particular method. She tends to evaluate what she has on hand (a small leather sample from a supplier can inspire an entire collection) and visualizes what she wants to see on her clients that season. It might be casual canvas for summer, and chic leather in winter. Talin is not looking to chase trends, and instead wants to create timeless pieces that age beautifully. She never knows where it’s going in the beginning, which, Talin says, creates some anxiety, but “like the pieces of a puzzle it always seems to fall in the right place, and when I reach that moment I can start breathing again.” The next step is the pattern and canvas mock-up, where she nails down proportion before moving onto the leather prototype. This can go several rounds.

Located in the old Foundry building in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, this space is imbued with history and the same timeless quality of her accessories. Talin loves having this creative studio, where she draws, makes prototypes and gathers inspiration. The space, much like her home, embodies the perfect combination of global appeal and American craftsmanship that Talin is known for. A perfect melding of East meets West. –Shannon

Photography by 2nd Truth Photography

"What you see when you get into the studio. A stripped wood chest with leather drawer pulls, originally bought in baby blue at (Minneapolis shop) Hunt and Gather, with a wall hanging of Akbar the Mughal Emperor adorned with wool pompoms from Argentina. My friend Charlotte and I recently made the wall hanging; we had so much fun doing it [that] we are in the process of making several on the Indian miniature theme, probably followed by a series of Japanese textile ones. I love seeing it when I first walk in, somehow it gives me strength to always move forward."
Talin Spring in her Minneapolis, MN studio.
Talin's "gallery," with her bags on display.
More pompoms and handmade curtains.
Tassels are one of the design signatures of Talin's accessories collection.
This is the entry to the second small room with Talin's Mongolian Goat bags on display.
As Talin mentioned, this dresser was baby blue when she bought it, but she and her daughter stripped the paint and added the leather pulls, completely transforming the piece into something that melds much better with her studio aesthetic.
Talin's desk, with watercolors that she always has handy.
Slightly hidden on the upper left is a quote, from one of Talin's favorite French poets, Jacques Prevert. “Mangez sur l’herbe depechez vous sinon l’herbe mangera sur vous,” which translates to "Eat on the grass, hurry up if not the grass will eat on you.”
A sampling of Talin's expansive collection of textiles.
"My tea cabinet with Teas from Mariage Freres in Paris and a Japanese tea in a box, a present from one of my favorite customers. Also serves as a makeup corner with my lipstick and minuscule vintage mirror."
A stripped door frame is just one of the many quirky details that make the space feel truly one-of-a-kind.
"More bags and a peaceful painting of a lady drinking tea that I got at my favorite antique store H&B Gallery ( the chairs are also from there, reupholstered with an Idarica Gazzoni fabric)," Talin says.
"View from my desk, it's the work bench I use at the studio for small repairs or prototypes, with my leather samples, a collection of old bags and Chinese calligraphy brushes."
Talin's mood board, always evolving along with a few photos that are always there.
"My desk with watercolor inks, my uzbek tea bowl, favorite Italian candy, picture of a fig tree from Turkey...small elements of all the things I love," Talin says.
The building, located in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, used to be the Commutator Foundry building. It was also likely a little inn at the turn of the century, hence all the small rooms. Talin's studio is on the top floor, with two small rooms and two windows.

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  • One of my favorites. The Foundry shop on the ground floor is great and I practice yoga down the road at what use to be a stable. A wonderful neighborhood with great character

  • I just love all the amazing colors and textures in her studio – and the moodboard is great. I’m so into seeing the photos of other peoples’ studios!!

  • That curtain! It looks like a Hmong embroidery. I love the pompoms sprinkled around. She looks like a very special lady, nice light!

    Deepest sympathies on the Marseille to Minneapolis move. There couldn’t have been any easy way to navigate that one.