Katcha Bilek (KB) encourages sustainable living through a range of exciting fashion accessories, all of which are hand crafted in the UK. With a strong focus on the design and aesthetic of each item, these unique pieces are created from materials such as inner tubes, car seat belts and bike tyres. The end results are therefore extremely durable, whilst having an edgy, urban feel.
KB offers a variety of products for both men and women, including handbags, laptop bags, wallets, purses and belts. Due to a policy of using 100% locally sourced materials, KB’s manufacturing process reduces the amount of waste going into landfill and the strain on natural resources.
The company’s story began back in 1999, when founder Katcha was living in a converted fire engine:
“I became so aware of the abandoned materials that were around me” she recalls. “It struck me that with some imagination they could be reconstructed into something beautiful and useful.”
Armed with an entrepreneurial spirit, a knowledge of leather work (and a fire engine), Katcha began creating beautifully designed handbags and wallets, selling them from the back of her home.
The KB studio is now set firmly in the arts community of Stokes Croft, Bristol where innovative ideas are continually being explored, all the while staying true to the company’s founding principles. Major corporations are also now taking note of KB; Sony recently ordered a selection of bespoke laptop bags in order to raise the company’s green profile.
KB places great importance on high-end, exclusive design whilst supporting sustainability with a beautiful and timeless collection – they are a brand that are worthy of your investment.
Shop Katcha Bilek at katchabilek.com.