NIKA MOKHTASSI - crafted in paradise
East London may not be everyone’s idea of paradise, but it’s a matter of how you see things, rather than what’s in front of you. Nika Mokhtassi, founder of Paradise Row is committed to supporting local craftsmen and creatives whilst highlighting the often forgotten - not so glamorous - stories of East London.
Paradise Row makes high quality contemporary leather bags designed and handcrafted in East London. The brand's core and essence is built on sourcing materials from and manufacturing the bags in East London, from the natural vegetable tanned leather and gold plated metal hardware to the branding and creative design.
In this podcast we hear about Nika’s journey from her education in psychology, to realising her creative side needs to be nourished, after she created an award winning mobile banking app for children. We also discuss; the gentrification of East London, the benefits and challenges of producing leather accessories in the UK, and how the brand not only being recognised in fashion circles, but also by arts & culture organisations, as the brand reflects what it means to be British today.
all photos by bec o'conner, street shoot location paradise row, bethnal green, east london
podcast recorded at jodi muter-hamilton's home in south west london - with 5 week old baby raf occasionally in the background - thanks to the editing process you'd think recording was just in one take!