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Jacques Flynn is an industrial designer, automotive designer, and leather goods innovator. He graduated with a degree in transportation design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He is a Lead Exterior Designer working at Mazda’s Design Studio in Irvine, California where his latest project was the exterior designs for the 2016 MX-5 automobiles. In 2012 he founded JAQET after being frustrated and unable to find a leather wallet that met his standards. He learned about working in leather and put his design skills to work creating a line of handcrafted leather goods including: wallets, lanyards, iPad portfolios, belts, and more.
“KISS. Keep it simple stupid.”
CAREER & LIFE CHALLENGES
Trying to get in to one design school and not being successful.
Trying to find a great wallet and not being successful so he decided to learn more about leather goods and then designing and producing his own line of leather goods.
FIRST SPECIAL VEHICLE
A 1983 VW GTI
BEST AUTOMOTIVE ADVICE
Don’t try and please everybody.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
PARTING WORDS OF ADVICE
Don’t turn away from new ideas. Keep that challenging spirit.
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