Thursday, 20 June 2013

Katcha Bilek: Doing Good While Doing Well

Exciting news from our friend Katcha Bilek. Her work is being showcased as part of the Pop-up Britain initiative that kicks off this week at the spiritual home of London fashion, the King's Road in Chelsea.
She'll be showing off new designs and road-testing some new concepts during the two week run of the show, which runs from tomorrow until the 4th of July. Katcha says she's developed a bit of an addiction to pop-up shops (something that has to come from her base in the markets of Bristol) so it should be really interesting to see what she's got to show us.
It's turning into something of a bumper 2013 for Katcha Bilek. She recently won silver in the Craft and Design Selected Awards. Judge Medeia Cohan-Petrolino said that she:
"...explores traditional methods with modern implementation and humour. Her interest in creatively repurposing vegan materials, long term sustainability and future plans for realising a social enterprise are to be celebrated and replicated, as an example of creativity with social purpose, capturing the idea of doing good, while doing well."
Meanwhile, Katcha also got the nod as "Most Eco-Friendly Business" in the Bristol Zoo Hall Of Fame, celebrating the best of Bristol Business, and her work was at the forefront of the gala launch event for the city's Big Green Week. Which just goes to show, you don't need to make a splash in That London to be something a bit special.
However, if you've got the urge to make it to Chelsea, I urge you to drop in and say hi, check out the bags and maybe support a local, sustainable business that's really showing us how it should be done. The preview event for Katcha's pop-up shop is tonight, Thursday 20th, at 387 Kings Road, Chelsea SW10 0LR, between 5:30 and 9:00. Tell 'em Pier32 sent you.

Pop-Up Kings Road

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