Passavant and Lee is a men’s leather accessories brand developed by world renowned models and taste-makers, Jon Passavant and Benj Lee. With a shared vision to pool their collective talent and experience, they have worked side by side with craftsmen in the US and UK to make this vision a reality. Over three years in development, their launch product is a briefcase that has been awarded with a multinational design patent. With careful attention to every element, they’ve combined beautiful raw materials and innovative design with a timeless style harking back to their classic British and American roots. Every briefcase is formed of aircraft grade aluminum, covered in full grain leather and made entirely by hand to maintain quality and precision.
Jon Passavant was raised in Pennsylvania and has modeled since 2001, appearing for Ralph Lauren, Estee Lauder, Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, and many others. In 2006 Jon co-founded the Model Home Project, and since has worked with several early stage companies in the non-profit and consumer technology sectors with a focus on product development. With an education background in business and communication Jon brings his unique experience to bear in helping craft a product and message of innovation, heritage, and friendship.
Benj Lee was raised in central London and has had a lifelong passion for design and craftsmanship. He has modeled since 2001, appearing for Elli Tahari, Nautica, Levis, Alfred Dunhill and many other luxury brands. He worked for years transforming historic properties in central London into modern yet classic spaces. Ever the adventurer he has traveled with his wife and family around the world, honing an appreciation for timeless design meant to last throughout generations.