OM NYC was founded by Michael and Olympia Thomson, a husband-wife team inspired by Michael’s dream to build a bag with an interior so extraordinary that you’d want to curl up inside of it.
A line of thoughtfully constructed leather accessories that are at once classically minimal and exceptionally luxurious.
New York City.
Each item is constructed individually and by hand in our Garment District workshop. We source all of our labor and materials locally. Not only does this help to support the community around us, but it also means that our bags and their components are crafted slowly and with great care.
Everywhere, and online-first.
We’ve developed our site to feel like an intimate boutique. Consider the act of flipping though a paper garment tag: the details are revealed to you in a thoughtful sequence. We’ve organized the tabs on our product pages to function in the same way. Whether it’s browsing our online shop or returning your metro card to your wallet, our designs encourage you to slow down. Trapping a bit of pleasure in what’s otherwise mundane is our overarching approach to design.
Now, and only after two full years of development, OM is live. During that time, we conducted over 18 months of extensive and continuous product wear-testing. The final designs were put into production with the confidence that they would maintain their integrity and heirloom quality.
The concept for OM grew out of a desire to build a sensory experience into the traditional utility of a handbag or wallet. To do this, we focus on a much overlooked yet principally important aspect of the design: the lining. OM linings are like secret jewel-boxes that return joy and personal satisfaction to the wearer: bright, vibrant colors for your eyes; captivating softness for your hand; and convenient organizational integrations to ease your mind.
When we ask ourselves what true luxury means today, the words we think of are: time, space, connection, and care. Wouldn’t you like to feel that each time you reach inside your bag?
The exclusive collaboration between OM and Bernard Maisner is an imaginative leap for the Master Calligrapher’s most iconic artworks. Hailed as “the New York calligrapher,” by W Magazine, Maisner has pushed the boundaries of pen and paper to set the global standard for exquisite social stationery. In collaboration with OM, Maisner advances his quest to “take calligraphy off the page,” transforming his menagerie of paper animals and insects into wearable works of art.
“Beautiful artwork is a spiritual experience,” says Maisner, “one that’s meditative and healing.” In keeping with the intention behind our bags and accessories, OM with Bernard Maisner offers a moment of meditation. Tracing the subtle and intricate leather imprints will inspire and delight you time and again.