Discovering Ukrainian designer Konstantin Kofta five years ago was a truly awe-inspiring experience. A clutch with sculpted hands in prayer, a backpack in a shape of human back – the Hug collection was nothing I’ve seen before. Konstantin tells me that FW13 Hug was not his first collection. After working with leather for some time, he launched his brand with one previous collection, intentionally called Born.
Konstantin has been studying production technologies and gradually developed his love for art and design when he started exploring the possibilities of combining both in his early twenties.
It takes five to ten days to produce one bag that is 3D printed or cut and sculptured and moulded from leather. From idea to the last touch, Kofta bags are manufactured in-house, where Konstantin currently runs a team of seven. Kofta bag may look like a piece of art yet it is as much functional as any day-to-day handbag.
How do you usually come up with a concept for the collection? They’re all different and have a strong message.
Organically. For us, the bag was never just an accessory, but a form of art.
Where do you produce your bags?
In our studio in Kyiv, Ukraine. We can carry out individual projects from start to finish, allowing them to be designed, developed and produced in-house.
What was your first bag or product?
As I see it, my first bag was when new technology was first used. Fresh from all the previous efforts. Backpacks FACE and then SPINAL. They became bestsellers in that collection, and we are still selling them a lot.
What was the most complicated product to produce?
FAWN backpack. Complicated and detailed in form.
You manufacture leather bags, would you be able to make a vegan leather or non-leather products? Did you have a request like that before?
Yes. And we are already working on it, and soon you will see many different materials and combinations. We do not limit ourselves to leather only.
Can you tell us more about the sister line to the main Kofta collection – what will it be?
This line is a result of long, detailed research and hard work. Kofta II is developed for the broader market. The price is reduced by using new materials and modern devices, as well as partially automating the process. However, the production remains in our studio. That allows us to entirely control the process and stand for the quality we promise.
All the photos featured here – from the SS19 collection Mellow (except for the Fawn backpack).