From the designer who dislikes waste, Katcha Bilek presents her collection of stylish, resilient bags and belts made from reclaimed inner-tubes, bike tyres and car seatbelts.
KB began life in the back of a converted fire engine. This formerly utilitarian vehicle was home to head designer Katcha while she was travelling Portugal in 1998. And in a fire engine, the spark of an idea took flame – if a vehicle destined for the crusher could become a home, then what could a discarded tyre be transformed into?
‘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.’
Using traditional Spanish leather-working techniques, Katcha began to transform unwanted inner tubes into beautifully designed bags – and sold them straight from the back of the fire engine.
An intelligent alternative to animal skins. Robust; versatile and perfect for a busy urban lifestyle.