STELLA SOOMLAIS & HER superwomenIt was Stella’s school-time dream to have her own brand and a studio where she would make leather bags just as her clients wished and desired for. A place where there would be also possible to buy variety of accessories and take part part in lively workshops. Today there are 9 people working in the studio, surprisingly all women, who love leather with its endless possibilities, value minimalist esthetics and functionality in products, and enjoy operating in a quirky beehive where they can meet the clients in person.
S T E L L A
Stella of course is the very heart of the studio – she keeps the wheel turning and makes sure that everyone has everything they need. Her wish to create is a true force of nature - she absolutely needs to be in the studio in the morning to give a start to yet another beautiful and long-lasting leather accessory as well as build and develop a studio where her fellow-crafters love to work and where friends and clients wish to return. Supervisor, friend and instructor – Stella is a perfect all-in-one deal.
E L I S
Elis is the soul of the studio – she helps the plants and strawberries grow on the windowsill and puts little welcome notes beside the tools. She cares for every single wallet and travel bag that comes from her loving hands – everything has a soul in this studio and they all need a gentle touch. In a way she is also the clock on the wall – her five o’clock humour is a guaranteed reminder that the workday is about to end.
E V A - K A R L O T T A
Lotta is probably the most popular instructor in the studio because she is just so well tempered and friendly. She definitely makes the straightest cuts in these parts of the world and it’s absolutely compelling how quickly she can make wristbands. Lotta calms us all down with her quick fingers, focus and spot-on comments and puts work and play into balance.
T R I I N
Triin, our beloved redhead, is sincere, serene and thorough – come to think of it, she is actually a perfect leather artisan and can give your new accessory exactly the touch it needs. The minimalist design of the items made in studio places the material on the stage and Triin is the level headed stage manager who draws attention to every single cut, seam and detail to let the leather shine in the spotlight. Just like her shiny green eyes.
K A T R I N
Katrin makes the studio feel like home – she walks around in socks, bakes cakes and puts a smile on our faces with her endless jokes. But when it comes to work you can hardly notice her because she switches the rest of the world off and concentrates on every detail to get the ideal result. Yet another perfectionist among us.
M A R I A
In addition to everything else, Maria is the Nerd of Construction – she loves to approach creation with mathematics and make all the rings and squares come together to the millimeter. And in addition to everything else, she is a people person. She creates the new studio vocabulary and inside jokes. She ties us all up into yet another arithmetic sequence that only she can solve.
A N G E E L I K A
Angeelika is the voice of reason and absolutely irreplaceable in the studio. She has the gift to translate creation into various charts. If she were not among us, there would not just be creative mess but an utter chaos. She is the one who knows what goes on and makes every number find the right place in the right chart. And that is a serious talent.
P I R E T
Piret’s curiosity has made her smart in every aspect of life. She always knows the most sensible way how to deal with whatever situation to be encountered in the studio. It’s her you go to for advice. Piret also knows that the best side of course is the positive one – why cry over some detail gone wrong when the life is still good and working with leather is oh so soothing!
E G L E
Egle loves millimeters and angles of all sorts. Every seam has its proper place and of course angles have to be defined. But as life is not straight you can frequently find her wandering off from the controlled seams and fooling around with material leftovers instead. To be true – she is just a big child who is responsible for the little collage making frenzy in various hidden corners of the studio – keep your eyes open when you come for a visit and let’s just say that you have been warned.