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Sally Tooth

KONOC

Konoc is the new British accessories label. Inspired by the eclectic heritage and travel experiences of their founders, Sally and Jay, who have launched an exciting range of luxury, handmade suede, leather and canvas bags. The brand represents simplicity, quality and style with an attention to detail. Our collection of exclusive satchels, clutches, totes and bucket bags are hand-cut and crafted in the UK from top grade British source hides. There is a strong "Handmade in Britain" ethos behind the brand and all production is done in house from their busy, creative hub studio in the south of England. \
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KONOC is a new British accessories label. We make hand crafted leather and suede bags from our studio in the south of England.

My partner Jay is originally from Thailand and we lived over there for 5 years before moving back here at the end of 2014. We taught ourselves the art of hand stitching leather on the sunny beaches of Koh Samui. It first started out as more of a hobby but soon developed into something more. We used to sell our creations at various night markets around the island and had a small boutique in one of the busy shopping towns, Bophut. We moved back to the UK just over a year ago and decided to launch our new leather bag label KONOC over here. 2015 was a full on year for us, with arriving back in the UK, setting up home, having our second little bambino Maddi and starting up a new business! It’s been a ride so far but I believe there is never a 'perfect time' to do anything so we thought ‘why not just do it all now’!     We have received great response to the brand so far and have a few exciting things lined up this year, so keep an eye out!

When we were starting out we didn't design bags in your (shall we say) 'typical' way, we didn't do drawings or use any design program on the computer, not even any templates! we just sat with hides of leather, a cutting mat and a rotary knife and started cutting! Its only from talking to others that we realised this wasn't considered the most 'normal' way to create a new design, but it worked for us and we still do it today! 

I remember the day I had finished making my first bag sitting on our beach fronted balcony in Samui, I remember feeling this incredible sense of success and loved that my creation had come together with in hours! I’m not the most patient of people so I found leather such a joy to work with as results started to develop the moment you cut the pieces out. Inspiration comes from our eclectic heritage and travel experiences through out the years.

When we were starting out we didn't design bags in your (shall we say) 'typical' way, we didn't do drawings or use any design program on the computer, not even any templates! we just sat with hides of leather, a cutting mat and a rotary knife and started cutting! Its only from talking to others that we realised this wasn't considered the most 'normal' way to create a new design, but it worked for us and we still do it today!  I remember the day I had finished making my first bag sitting on our beach fronted balcony in Samui, I remember feeling this incredible sense of success and loved that my creation had come together with in hours! I’m not the most patient of people so I found leather such a joy to work with as results started to develop the moment you cut the pieces out.

We love what we do and feel massively lucky for that! We are both really dedicated to the brand and think focusing on the UK market to start with makes total sense as we have a real ‘made in Britain’ ethos behind the brand, with all production done in house at our studio in Cranleigh and sourcing as much of our leathers and fittings from UK suppliers as we can. This doesn't mean we aren't thinking world domination in the future and stocking in retailers worldwide as I think we have real potential to branch out to the rest of Europe and have already had some interest from Japan, which is somewhere I think KONOC would really thrive. We would be nothing without our KONOC fans from all around the world and truly love and appreciate each and every customer we get!

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