Mr Jackson Browne

April 06, 2018

Mr Jackson Browne is the latest brand on our radar (and wish list!).
With their immaculately crafted bags and wallets, their products are made from premium goats leather meaning they're soft to the touch, yet durable enough to deal with the day to day stuff.
With gold and brass finishings and a stunning choice of colours, MJB is the perfect choice for those who appreciate high quality, simplistic and affordable style.
We caught up with owner, Nicholas Kowald to chat all things leather, skincare, and his best friend Jackson the Golden Retriever.

Hey Nick! Tell us a little about Mr Jackson Browne –

MJB started from my slightly obsessive addiction to men's wallets.
I wanted to create a brand of wallets and wash bags for men that were not only fashionable, but also practical. The idea was played with for a number of years, and after a lot of different samples were created and ideas thrown into the mix, the final products were delivered and I just love them.

What is it that you love about working with leather?

The leather that is used with MJB products is goat leather sourced from Indonesia. This leather is incredibly soft and supple. It wears extremely well, and looks and feels great in your hand.

MJB is all about simplifying the everyday essentials. Why did you decide to keep your designs streamlined and clean?

Over the years I've discovered what works and doesn't work for me. Having a bulky wallet with coins falling out of it, receipts overflowing and your notes hidden in the mess just doesn’t work in the fast paced world we live in now. The range of MJB products is made for everyday use, whether that be a place for your passport when travelling overseas, a little pocket for your phone in a zipped up case, or a small and lightweight card wallet to take out for a night on the town with the boys that fits in your back pocket without looking like you’ve got a brick hanging around in your butt.

Do you have a favourite piece?

Definitely The Pup. I’ve used this product since the first sample that I created, and I am on the 3rd one now only due to having a different colour to show off!

You say in your bio that you have an addiction to men’s wallets; how many do you own?

Haha, I have had a lot of wallets over the years. About 15 years ago a good friend of mine noticed that I was using a velcro wallet and he just laughed at me and ended up buying me a leather wallet. I haven’t looked back since. Each year I would start fresh with a new one.

Where did the MJB name come from?

Jackson is my dogs name and he's a Golden Retriever. We've shared lots of memories over the years and I wanted to have my best friend's name as part of my brand. Thus manifested MJB, in which I hope the same level of love and care is represented in every product that we create.

What’s next for the range?

Currently we're experimenting with bright colours in styles that have been popular. Hopefully in the near future we will introduce a larger wash bag, an overnight bag (to hold all your MJB products), and variations of some current MJB classics.

You’ve been a customer of ours since we launched two years ago (thanks!), what is it that you love about the Charles + Lee brand/products?

What I love about the Charles + Lee products is that they are simple, honest and leave my skin feeling refreshed without the weight of a heavy product. The products look great in my bathroom and leave a fresh fragrance as I walk out the door.

Do you have a favourite product of ours?

Definitely the moisturiser! I don’t think a day goes by where I don’t apply it morning and night.

Now for the fast five!

Winter or Summer?
Clean shaven or stubble?
Stubble, of course.
Drink of choice?
 Canadian Club and Dry. A bit over beer?
 If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Tacos! It’s pretty much the only thing I can cook, the more jalapeños the better!
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Work hard for what you believe in, you’ll appreciate it in the end.

As a special treat for Charles + Lee subscribers, we have an exclusive 20% off code for all items in the MJB range. Simply enter Charles+Lee20 at checkout to apply the discount.