At Katcha Bilek, design comes first. Using recycled materials is part and parcel of the process: the materials are exceptionally strong and versatile, and it would be a shame to see them wasted.
Based in Bristol, UK, Katcha and her team create alternative ethical designs that are one-of-a-kind. In 1999, Katcha was living and travelling in a converted fire engine. It was then when her inspiration for eco-crafted products came to light.
‘I became so aware of the abandoned materials that were around me and it struck me that, with some imagination, they could be reconstructed into something beautiful and useful.’
Already having previous knowledge of leather-working, Katcha began creating beautifully designed bags that were 100% recycled material and selling them from the back of her fire engine.
In 2008 Katcha moved from Spain to the UK to begin her company from a studio in Stokes Croft, the arts capital of Bristol. Since then further up-cycled designs have evolved, ranging from bags to belts, furniture to chandeliers, dog collars to key chains and even the famous car tyre crocodiles. Throughout Katcha's process her main focus is on design, whilst creating a product that is 100% vegan and recycled. With handcrafted care, each KB design allows an alternative that defines eco-friendly, lovable fashion.
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.- William Morris