Fun leather by Natthakur
Ethically sourced leather might sound rather paradoxical but it’s definitely a possibility thanks to London-based fine leather designer Natalie Thakur and her label Natthakur.
Thakur, who is a product of the prestigious London College of Fashion, is best known for making quirky, functional and durable bags from distinctive retro objects like old British coins as well as traditional sweet shops! Natthukar was born in 2005 following Thakur’s stint with bespoke furnishings and accessories companies such as Ghost and Mulberry. What really sets her apart though, is her awareness and sense of responsibility for the environment.
Natthakur’s ethical policy is that the label only uses leather that is a by-product of meat. Therefore, her designs are not only fun but also eco-friendly. There is a rather intelligent line known as “re-usable rags” in which she highlights the disparity between disposability and longevity of throwaway grocery bags by recreating these designs in leather. The feat has won her a permanent display in the UK’s only leather museum in Walsall where you can see her products from the reusable range. Additionally, her pieces have also been displayed at design shows such as Plastic Fantastic at NESTA (The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts).
One feels spoilt for choice when looking at pieces from her label. But one of our favourites is the large leather paper bag in brown (£130) from the reusable range that resembles a large grocery bag but comes with the longevity of leather. With an inner pocket and magnetic fasteners, it can well be a shopping bag that can be used for years.
We also cannot get over this lovely blue pocket wallet with kimono flowers (£55). Made with finest saddlery leather, the kimono floral fabric lends it a quirky charm.
The charming leather half penny coin purse (£32), inspired by the old British coin, comes with nostalgia written all over it. A nifty little thing that will ensure your loose change has a good home.
Check out some more charming Natthakur pieces here.