Lee Coren designs are inspired by a mixture of two strong elements in her life, the urban surroundings and the need for escapism and a breath of fresh air. The collections feature handmade screen printed fabrics and original prints from scenery captured on camera that transformed into versatile essentials, built to last but never boring.
Her concept of producing locally and ethically, using cruelty- free, vegan friendly materials are truly a fascination, especially when she is sourcing her own leather replacements with high quality, italian-made, cotton-backed microfiber PU (Polyurethane), which is way less harmful to the environment then regular solutions.
Lee's work is an essential piece, that will travel with you wherever you go.
We had asked her few things about what readers would like to know about.
1) What is your background?
I graduated in Visual Communications from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design about 4 years ago with a tingle in my fingers for textile design. Until then, it was a field I had very little experience in. After graduating, I started taking different courses to expand my knowledge and fell in love with traditional and modern printing techniques, and the combination of the two. It wasn't long after that I realized this is where my heart is. Today, my designs are the result of a process of graphic design - collecting visuals (photographs I take), and deconstructing them (drawing out the elements I am fascinated with) and reassembling the parts into a new visual element and finally, transforming it into a pattern and a refined fashion accessory, built to last but never boring.
2) We love your landscape bags and your vegan suede pouches. Why do you make them?
Thank you! I'm passionate about creating truly versatile pieces that add beauty and happiness to their owners life. Built to last, but never boring.
3) Where does your inspiration come from or what is your inspiration?
My designs are inspired by a mixture of two strong elements in my life, urban surroundings and the need for escapism and a breath of fresh air.
4) Do you or your team make these by hand?
YES. All my items are handmade locally and ethically from vegan materials.
5) When you are not "making", what do you like to do?
Travelling locally and globally is the best time use I can thin of! Other than that, walks by the sea and evenings out with friends.
6) Have you been to Japan?
I would love to visit Japan!! It's on my wanderlust to-do list and I can't imagine being disappointed.
Thanks so much Lee!
Visit her website here.
Photograph credit: Lee Coren / Aya Wind