We're so jazzed to welcome back designer and leatherworker Sylvia Soo! Her leather goods are designed and created in her Edmonton studio in small batches. Her growing and evolving collection focuses on artisan craftsmanship, minimalism, and clean lines. Catch her at the Bison from December 7 to 9, follow her on Instagram (@SylviaSooLeather) to see more of her beautiful and bespoke pieces and read on to learn what inspires her!
Royal Bison: What draws you to making or designing things?
Sylvia Soo Leather: Creating leather goods is like putting together a really interesting 3D puzzle. There are so many pieces to put together and if all the small parts and solutions come together properly, it feels so good.
RB: What’s new for your line or business this season?
SSL: Customers can enjoy a bespoke experience with a selection of items this season, our Box Bag being one of them. The Box Bag allows for complete customization. It is a unique experience in which clients can choose everything from the colour of the leather to the colour of the suede lining, down to the finish on the bag's five feet. We are offering loads of customization options such as monogramming on most of our leathers, and a variety of (colour through) edge paint options. Gift cards will be available for those who may wish to pass on an extra special gift to someone special.
RB: What do you think sets your work apart from similar makers or designers?
SSL: We invest a lot in researching and sourcing quality proven materials (such as our French and German threads, and our Italian edge paints). A lot of thought is put into designing our products, and a lot of time is put into creating them. Our designs are minimalist in nature, which means every detail must be considered. We believe our designs to be unique, elegant, and timeless.
RB: How do you feel about being a part of the Edmonton creative community?
SSL: Edmonton has a unique creative community. I truly love being a part of it.
RB: Please gush about a few of your designer, maker, or creative crushes!
SSL: Sam Knopp of Sam Knopp Ceramics: one of her mugs has become a part of my daily morning ritual. Rachel Beyer of Grit and Grain: I am a collector of her adorable wooden utensils.
RB: Do you have a favourite holiday tradition you can share with us?
SSL: Growing up, we didn't have the opportunity to celebrate the holidays. Now that my siblings and I have all grown up, our favourite holiday tradition is creating a holiday tradition for our families.