‘The Art of Packing’ is a system to streamline daily life. Informed by our own experiences of living, working and traveling, we’ve created a collection of leather goods that work together to simplify everything you pack and carry in a day. Think of it like a capsule wardrobe for carrying.
With a focus on utility and function, our modular collection works like chapters in a book, so you can build your library according to what suits your lifestyle. Because there are already enough obstacles in life, and finding your keys needn't be one of them. We also believe it extends further, into a philosophy of optimisation and living with purpose — through utility, care, and conscious consumption.
But let’s start with the basics — a step-by-step guide to the Art of Packing.
The Art of Packing, styled by Sebastian Hunt & Dylan Richards. Photographed by Ch'lita Collins & Nick Shackleton.
The 'Sebastian Wallet', an Art of Packing staple.
The big bag, the main course, the keeper of all the things. Things to think about when selecting yours: what do you carry in a day? Do you like to throw everything in, or prefer to keep organised with separate pockets and compartments? Do you want something more casual and relaxed, with a draped shape? Or something more structured for your professional self?
Our best-selling Braidy Bag is universally popular for its ability to hold a 13" laptop — and then some. The bag’s shape was inspired by the now-obsolete plastic shopping bag, with a triangular shape in the gusset. Braidy’s relaxed shape means it’s particularly popular with students and young people with busy lives and big dreams. Designed to bear weight and fit a lot of items, it’s ideal for long days at the library or running around town.
The Sonja Bag is the Mary Poppins of top handle totes. Designed after a fabulous woman who traverses the globe with her trusty Birkin, we designed this bag as a nuanced nod to the iconic style. With her roomy interiors and structured shape, Sonja is an ideal pick for the working women, and can comfortably carry a laptop, makeup pouch, smaller clutch and eyeglass case.
Our Claudia Tote is the ideal bag for those who need to carry a lot and want to look good doing it — from mothers to gym-goers to regular travellers. With enough room to pack for an overnight trip or as a carry-on, Claudia is unfussy in shape and practical in proportion. It features an exterior pocket that unzips at the bottom, transforming into a sleeve to slide over your suitcase handle. Never again will you need to pretend to effortlessly tote your carry-on as if it's well under the 7kg limit.
The Teresa Tote is one of our more spacious hold-alls, thanks to her deep bucket shape. It fits a laptop (and a Bolton Folio to keep said laptop safe), spare jumper, iPhone, notebook - even a pair of gym shoes. A relaxed fit makes her easy to stuff and go, while her buttery soft deer nappa exterior ensures perpetual chicness.
The 'Teresa Tote' and 'Bolton Folio' travel well hand in hand.
Our 'Sonja Tote', perfect for pairing with our 'Adrian Envelope'.
‘Medium bags’ are not only great tools to keep the contents of your large bag organised, they’re also practical ways to make your daily life easier. Put your essentials in one in order to have an easy, smaller bag to pop out to lunch with, or fill a pouch with your essential documents to take into meetings. We also have a make up bag to ensure your lipstick is always to hand, or a laptop folio that doubles as a laptop bag when you attach the included strap — making quick trips down to the cafe-office a breeze. Our medium sized bags have all been designed to fit into our larger styles
The 'Suki Clutch' and 'Scrunchie Vi' bag are the ideal medium companions. They collate neatly into our large range on your morning commute, and keep you company on your dash to lunch. Easy!
'Rebecca Bag' is another safe option, one of our original designs, refined for neat carrying. The strap is detachable, allowing Rebecca to moonlight as a clutch.
Small leather goods keep your small items safe and easily to hand. The range includes wallets of varying sizes — from slimline cardholders for the most minimal among us, to larger wallets that can carry an abundance of cash, cards and coins. We also have a cushioned eyeglass case to keep your frames safe, and a key fob and clippable clutch that attach to the D-links in our larger styles — meaning you never have to scramble for the essentials again.
Proper care ensures your leather goods will be fit for a lifetime of use. Familiarise yourself with our care guide for premium leathers and specialty fabrics, or enquire about our Bag Laundry service for more stubborn mishaps.
Extend the useful life of your beloved bags and accessories by submitting to our circularity programme, the Buyback Initiative. If you have a bag that you’re finding you no longer use, submit it to us. You’ll receive a credit towards your next purchase, and we’ll refurbish your bag and match it with a loving new owner, preventing waste and encouraging conscious consumption.
Look after your things so they can enjoy a second life if you no longer need them. Buy, use, recycle, relove.
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Rest of World
As orders are shipped from our New Zealand warehouse you may incur duties, clearance fees or local taxes. Yu Mei Ltd does not cover these charges and is not liable for any fees incurred; although we will always do our very best to ensure a smooth delivery to you. For more information, we advise you to check with your local customs agent.
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