|Jon Hart Design began in Houston, Texas in 1973 as a luggage and handbag
line. Don Snell, a thirty something year-old, bought an awning and
tent shop and decided to manufacture products from canvas while he
pursued an acting career. He wanted to make a product that did not
require fasteners or clips, since he did not have any equipment. His
sewing skills from costume design studies at Trinity University,
combined with an extensive travel background, led him to manufacture
The name Jon Hart came from Don’s heart-shaped key chain. He liked the
sound of Hart and tried it with his first name. Don Hart did not sound
right, so he changed the Don to Jon and thus the name was created. It
turned out to be very helpful when he started calling on stores. He
could say “This is Don Snell calling from Jon Hart Design” (which
increased the number of employees by 100 %!). Later the initials J and H
were stylized into a heart shape and became the very familiar
trademark of the company.
Seven hundred orders were placed during Jon Hart’s premiere at the
Dallas Apparel Mart. With this success, the company moved to Dallas,
Texas, where sales were promising and Jon Hart Design’s popularity grew
in the 1980’s. The Shave Kit, Makeup Case, Big Chill, Duffel Bags,
Executive Portfolio, and handbags, provided Jon Hart Design with its
original signature product line during this time.
In the late 1980s, Don decided to return to acting and played roles in
Places in the Heart, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, West Wing as well as a
variety of commercials. A silent partner took over the ownership of the
company at that time. In 1988, the company was moved to San Antonio,
Texas. Throughout the 1990s, the Jon Hart Design product line was
refined and expanded. New products such as the “ Cool It ”, a sleek,
durable can or bottle holder, the Business Case for laptop computers,
the Square Duffleline, the King’s Pad, a sophisticated desk pad, and the
CD Wallet for CDs and computer disks were introduced. The very popular,
“Texas Mink” hides were added to the product line in 1995.
Throughout the early 2000s, the Jon Hart line continued to grow, and
today there are more than 150 products available in a variety of
fabrics including durable coated canvas with English leather trim, all
leather and Texas Mink. In 2005, the new fuchsia, saddle, lime and kiwi
colors were introduced and have become instant hits!
Today, Jon Hart Design features a complete line of, travel accessories,
sporting goods, business products, ladies accessories and great gifts
for everyone. All products are hand crafted with the unique Jon Hart
Design look and personalized with the customer's name or initials.
At Jon Hart Design, our objective is to take exceptional care of our
customers. We offer a great selection of high quality products in a
variety of fabrics and colors which are personalized for our customers.
If you don’t find what you are looking for on the website, please
e-mail us or call our customer service team at our toll free number 866
Thank you for using the Jon Hart Design Website.