One brand, one woman - Soumaya Zairi
how it all began ...,
I, Soumaya Zairi, designer and owner of Sumageza®, was born and raised in Brussels, Belgium.
My interest in Moorish handicrafts motivated me to go to Rabat and Fes, Morocco for a year after my training as a maquettist (typographic designer) and décoratrice interior design. There I worked on various art projects with some well-known artists and architects.
I later lived in Hong Kong for three years, where I got to know the diversity of Asian cultures. Since then, I have been particularly enthusiastic about the materials stone, silk, wood and leather. Their colors and structures, the feeling of touching them, their hardness and "soft warmth", their smell inspire me to work with them.
After returning to Europe, I was very fortunate to meet a true master of the leather craft in Brussels. From him I learned all the basics of Maroquinerie, how to give shape to your own ideas and how to implement them in leather.
Today I live in Germany, from where I am making one of my dreams come true:
With my brand I create my own collection of high quality leather bags under my label Sumageza®.
Always striving to continue my education and perfect my craft, I still attend a special school for Maroquinerie in Brussels.