Fiodor Sumkin is the founder and Creative Director of Soumkine S.A.S. Originally from Belarus and now living in Paris, Fiodor is a true creative with a rich heritage of visual art; his grandfather was a painter and his mother, a graphic designer.
Fiodor studied at Art School in Gomel and after ten years of a full-time graphic design job, he was inspired to more fully embrace illustration, becoming freelance and moving from Paris to Amsterdam. Over the years, Fiodor has worked with major brands, agencies and publications including Burton Snowboards, NYT Magazine, Nike, and Esquire Magazine. He returned to Paris in 2009, where his passion for superior stationery grew and led to the Soumkine brand’s birth.
Fiodor’s many years search for the perfect notebook found him researching and road-testing all kinds of products; everything from premium class diaries to the humble school jotter. Ultimately, when perfection eluded him, he created his own range of products, with a prevailing emphasis on using the highest quality materials and processes.
Starting each day with a cup of good coffee – espresso al vetro, which he fell in love with in Rome – Fiodor arms himself with his Mac, pens and sketchbook and gets to work.
About the Soumkine Team
The Soumkine Team works tirelessly from the Soumkine atelier, located in Paris near Canal Saint-Martin, overseeing the journey of each product from inception to production. We lovingly hand-craft every single product, working closely with local suppliers and partners in Paris and other regions across the country to produce a bone fide French brand. When we say Soumkine is made in France, we mean it.
All of our finished products are located in the atelier, so the team can rapidly fulfil orders with precision and care. The whole Soumkine team is passionate about our quality stationery, cool aesthetics and good manners.