We have been making bags and accessories for over 10 years now. In the early years Stella was making custom orders mostly alone but since then the team has grown to a dozen and occasionally a partner in Tartu helps us out, too.
All our bags are marked with the names of the artisans who made it. Look inside it and meet the makers and other our team members here below.
STELLACreative Director and Head Designer
Stella’s aim has always been to create a workspace where people love to work, where clients and friends love to visit again and again and where money isn’t made at the expense of the environment. She wants to prove that you can run a leather studio in a sustainable and innovative way. Her spectacular determination and tenacity has helped her grow her business from a studio of one to a successful company with almost dozen employees. She always finds a solution even to the most complicated problem and she has the remarkable ability to look at the world from different angles. Stella is not only a great boss and teacher but also a good friend.
Gerli has been with us the longest. She has mastered the crafting, production management and social media specialist jobs, which means she knows all the sides of our studio really well. Now she is responsible for operating the whole place, being aware of every little thing that’s going on. Lately she has been putting her creative force into practice with painting. Gerli also gets her inspiration from seasides and forests, art shows and good food experiences. With her calm demeanour she will find a solution for every obstacle. She makes sure that no one in the studio forgets that life is meant for enjoyment and no problem is ever big enough to be stressed out.
When Maarja sets her mind on something, she devotes all her attention and care to it. She’s tackling ever more complicated leather projects at the studio with utmost attention to detail. Her demanding and precise eye casts over all the products we make at the studio. Maarja also makes sure that all leather scraps are sorted and reused as quickly as possible which allows us to create a lot less waste than other leather studios. She also has a degree in scenography and could design the stage for our future studio band. When Maarja makes the lunch for all, everyone in the studio can’t wait to see which classic dishes she’s made this time.
KADRIProduction manager and crafter
With EAA interior architecture background, Kadri has been slowly but surely making her way in the studio. She is now the most experienced crafter and also managing all of the production. Having very high standards for quality, she makes only extra beautiful and neatly crafted bags, getting all the compliments and praising feedback from our clients. She’s responsible and reliable – we can always lean on her. Kadri is systematic and determined, always finishing everything she starts. All knots and problems, both mental and physical ones, will be unraveled and solved with her help! Kadri effortlessly puts together puzzles with thousand pieces.
HELENCrafter, graphical designer
Helen is an attentive and fast crafter who has a product design degree from the Estonian Academy of Arts. In the studio, she is also involved in prototyping new products and developing technical designs. She isn’t fazed by any tasks and welcomes any challenges. As a team member, she’s calm, collected and optimistic even when there's a good reason to feel defeated. She spices up our everyday routines with her great humour and donuts from the Nõmme train station. At the end of the day when everyone’s feeling the weight of the day on their shoulders, Helen saves the day with her music choices - her retro-fuelled trips down the memory lane have saved several busy periods in the studio.
KERLICrafter and social media specialist
Kerli has made a comet-like descent from beginner to an irreplaceable crafter status. She is a good and calm colleague who doesn’t take life too seriously. Her eye for photography lifts the mundane moments in the studio to visual masterpieces - her photos make the role of the crafter look like a dream come true (which, no doubt, really is a dream!). Thanks to creating photos with the perfect vibe, she has taken on the social media specialist job, making sure the “kitchen side” of the studio is always open for our lovely followers. Kerli is kind, accurate, meticulous and always smirking at the latest joke. She’s also the true detective of the studio who always knows where the lost things have hidden themselves.
Henna became a member of our team through internship. Dedication and thirst for knowledge have made her an irreplaceable crafter who can be trusted also with more complicated tasks. Her preceding experience in sales has helped us closer to our nordic neighbours. Henna has brought balance to the studio – her healthy mindset and finnish calmness are good antidote to the daily turbulent pace.
Maria is a ray of sunlight who cheerfully welcomes our guests. She keeps everyone's mood up with her infectious laughter and humming to some good tunes on our playlists. When necessary she can generate a sound of a trumpet – a tradition on occasions when we have something to celebrate! She is not afraid of any task and completes them with joy and enthusiasm.
Mari-Liis’ experience in strategic management, service design and IT, her rational thinking and bystander’s perspective offer a useful interlude for everyone in the studio and help us realise our dreams as fast as possible.
Silke is an expert in marketing the sustainable brands. She may be compared to a chef – she sees potential in raw materials and can create the right recipe to have the best outcome. Her consulting has opened our eyes to new possibilities and helped us to be more clear in our communication.
In addition to our studio crafters a small family owned manufacturer in Tartu (located also in Estonia) helps us out occasionally. They have a long experience with leather work. We are in frequent contact and the bags that are made there follow the same technical specifications, quality and care as is our studio. Cooperation with them enables us to move faster towards our zero-waste goal and to prove that sustainable leather accessories manufacturing is also possible in a classical production.