The talented lady behind Ilundi Designs, Safia Stodel, tells Handsome Things a bit more about her simple and beautiful range of leather goods. How did you get started? I was studying fine art and needed a bag for all my books and supplies. I couldn’t find any decently priced simple leather bags, so I tried to make my own. I didn’t have a sewing machine though, so after a lot of research I created a folding technique, which I used to make the bag with. No sewing required! This is how my signature sling bag came into being. Afterwards friends and family commissioned me to make them bags too – and it grew from there. Your favourite things:
- First parts of making a new product: dreaming, researching and sketching
- Grilled marinated artichokes and vanilla pod milkshakes
- The way my daughter wakes us up in the morning with kisses. She’s 16 months old.
- The earthy smell of new rolls of leather in my studio