humans of mac+mae: Jessie Wong

This is my production manager, Adrian and I at our recent NZ Fashion Week presentation at Thievery Studio on K’Road in Auckland.  

The picture features us cutting a 3/4 Braidy bag – our most sought after style – from New Zealand’s finest deer skins.

The deer skin is special to us as it’s pretty unique to New Zealand. We are the only country in the world that farms deer and the skin is a by product of the venision industry in the South Island. It’s that soft buttery texture that makes a Yu Mei bag so special and each skin is unique, so we treat each individual piece with the utmost respect.

It’s also really important to us that we give our customers an insight into what goes into a Yu Mei bag so they understand where their products come from and just how special they are. It was an incredible experience to make a Yu Mei product, from hide to bag in front out our audience at NZFW. We make all our bags in house, in our Wellington studio.

Yu Mei (pronounced ‘you may’) is the brainchild of Wellington designer, Jessie Wong.  Yu Mei is a leather goods brand devoted to the creation and presentation of understated luxury. Yu Mei is a brand to watch.

Inspired by the ‘Humans of New York’ series, we’re talking to our network find out what’s special to them, whether it’s a place, a thing, or a memory – Meet the “humans of mac+mae” –

Photo by Gabrielle Devereux.