About Karing Monie
I first began designing and working with leather in 2008 but established the MonieBags atelier in 2011. As the products developed, it seemed fitting to rebrand the company, and have now established Karing Monie as the company name.
I design and hand make fashion and practical accessories from beautiful full grain and top grain hides, relying on the properties of the leather to dictate the design, and on the beauty of quality leather for the finish. The products range from clutch bags and purses to handbags and belts. My products are not only British, but Brixton made design statements.
My multicultural background and a product design training enables my unique view on fashion and allows me to design with a fresh eye and clean lines. My design inspiration comes from my experience of having lived in China, Russia, France and North Africa, but my principles are grounded strongly in utility and quality.
My journey began making fabric bags and selling them in many of the London markets, from Brick Lane to Brixton via Spitalfields and Covent Garden. Being customer facing in the markets has influenced my design, by giving me direct access to London’s vibrant fashionistas (both those who come to buy and the exciting new designers I was working alongside of), and allowing me to have first hand support and feedback from my customers . It has enabled my brand to grow and my products to develop to the point where I am now ready to build an online brand and to take my products to a wider audience.
I hope you enjoy the products as much as I enjoy making them.