Based in the charming seaside town of Rye on the south coast of England, Zoë Symonds hand makes unique leather goods from her Sussex studio. Entirely eschewing machinery, Zoë starts by hand cutting leather patterns. Then, working with ethically sourced vegetable-tanned leather from Tuscany, she fashions robust geometric pieces that honour traditional skills and craftsmanship.

Every individual piece is constructed by hand saddle-stitching. This provides a stronger finish which, in turn, means each object lasts much longer. Aside from being better for the environment, this means the patina of the leather will develop and evolve over time to create something to be cherished and valued.

Contemplating this exclusive collection with YMC, Zoë remarked, “I want my work to be desirable, functional, playful and have longevity. YMC were the natural home for this from day one as I’ve always admired their playful, timeless and independent spirit.”
Here at YMC, we are equally proud and excited to work with such a talented independent designer and to present this collection, which includes a unisex purse, and a phone and passport holder.