ZDC was founded by Zoe Darling in England in 2015. Previously, Zoe had spent nearly three decades in the commercial world initially working in finance before progressing into the digital technology sector. A busy period for Zoe, involving long hours and extensive international travel with regular time away from home. This lead her to appreciate how much difference quality luggage and handbags can make; not just in terms of pure functionality, but also in the aesthetic design and the materials used.
After observing handbags carried by other women like herself, Zoe recognised that functionality and aesthetic design are not always given equal priority in the bags that were available. She reasoned there should be no trade-off between these essential components and questioned why you couldn't marry quality, aesthetics and good design, so decided to create her ideal handbag.
Whilst still travelling for work, Zoe would spend many hours sketching simple handbag designs in small notebooks. Eventually she had enough to collate a book of ideas and a business concept. Zoe knew to progress beyond what was then a hobby she would need specialised knowledge and decided to study both handbag design and leather bag making. It was there she was exposed to the huge array of different components such as leathers, hardware materials and accessories.
After a further two years of meticulous researching, prototyping and hard work, the first designs from Zoe Darling Collections are ready.
Whilst establishing the concept of Zoe Darling Collections, Zoe was determined that all Zoe Darling Collections products must be manufactured in Great Britain. To her it formed a fundamental element of what the company's brand ethos should be and underpinned her aspiration for high quality production.
As many components as possible are procured from reputable suppliers within Great Britain if not within the EC. The highest quality leather, hardware and fabrics have been sourced to create the aesthetically elegant designs. By using such components Zoe sought to ensure all Zoe Darling Collections products will, over time, develop character and condition becoming investment pieces for owners.
By partnering with an experienced and talented leather artisan, Zoe was able to ensure her designs were technically made to the highest possible standard utilising the specific qualities of each component.
Production is undertaken in London by an established business whose commitment to ongoing innovation and development within their industry is exceptional. Personnel are taught by experienced artisans and their hand base skills are applied and illustrated throughout each Zoe Darling Collections piece.
Each collection has its own distinctive style and inspiration, and true to Zoe Darling Collections, functionality is not overshadowed by the aesthetically beautiful appearance. The dimensions of each handbag are measured precisely to ensure versatility within any context or occasion.
Inside each bag is enough space for your valuables but the accurate proportions ensure they are still sleek and graceful to carry. Each flap has been designed to open wide allowing easy access and shut firmly; edge to edge, with secure closures.
Each Zoe Darling Collections bag has a unique one piece leather strap adding to its durability while also allowing it to be quickly configured from shoulder to carry without the need for detachment.
The base of each handbag is crafted so it to stands perfectly upright on its own easing the stress whilst traveling as well as looking elegant when placed at the restaurant table or desk.
The Quoin Collection and The Taylor Madeleine bags have unique interchangeable flaps allowing each bag to be changed easily to suit your outfit or occasion.
The Taylor Collection bags are statement evening and occasion pieces with particular attention to being fit-for-purpose at those special occasions and events.
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