OM was founded by Olympia Kyriakides and Michael Thomson.
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, it also means that the components of our bags are crafted slowly and with great care.
OM was launched as an online shop. Because we don’t have a brick-and-mortar store, we wanted our site to feel like an intimate boutique. Olympia learned coding to keep site development and maintenance fully custom and in-house. When you view a product page, the details unfold as you click along the row of tabs; it’s similar to the experience of flipping through the information on a tag.
OM launched in November 2016 after two years of development. During that time, we conducted over 18 months of 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 multi-layered 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-boxs that return personal joy and delight to the wearer. Bright, vibrant colors for the eyes, entrancing softness for the hand, and convenient organizational integrations to ease the mind.
When we ask ourselves what is true luxury today, the words we think of are time, space, connection, and care. What if you could really feel that every time you reach inside your bag?
Meticulously. You will notice that OM bags feature “painted edges” at every seam. Once a bag is assembled, a days-long process in itself, the raw edges must be hand painted in perfectly even lines. Three coats of paint, with a day of drying time between each application, creates a durable, sleek finish that is never rubbery or brittle. This is just one example of the care that goes into every fine detail.