Last week I went to see Maria Jobse in her studio in Amsterdam. She makes the most beautiful bags (I have one, as shown on the blog before). I had been looking for a proper bag for work for a while (right now I’m using my Fjällräven Kanken, which is really convenient but not necessarily the smartest option around ;)) and found this pretty suitcase on Maria’s website. After contacting her to see where I could see it in real life, Maria invited me over to her studio.
So there I went and we had the best time (well, at least I had ;)). I think we talked for more than an hour over tea and chocolate about so many things – intuition, creativity, finding a balance between commerce and authenticity, and much more. It almost felt like catching up with a friend. But there was also the reason of my visit (we almost forgot): the suitcase! It was even prettier than on the photos and I decided to go for it. Since it was a sample and some elements still needed a final finishing touch, I don’t have it yet so right now I’m practicing in being patient (not that I need any working bag at the moment, as my maternity leave just started (hooray!), but I might just stretch it’s purpose to everyday necessity ;)).
I’m really curious how Maria’s brand and company will develop. It started only a few years ago, but seems already quite established. I’m sure there is a lot potential. Maria was kind enough to let me take some photos in her cozy studio – see below (the suitcase in the front on the first photo is going to be mine!).