A Hong Kong born, London based world citizen. Carolina Wong graduated in 2011 at the Chelsea College of Art and Design specialising in Woven Textile Design. Shapes, motifs and experimentation with materials have always been part of Wong’s world: enriched by a wealth of cultural heritage absorbed during her creative education and experiences in four continents, Wong values the art of uniting traditional crafts and creativity.
Inspired by world-traveller women unafraid to experiment and stand by their own views, Wong’s aesthetic vision is of a free woman embracing femininity, while not shy of exploration.
Wong mixes classic timeless patterns – chequer and stripes - and develops a carefully engineered weaving process with leather. Minimalistic silhouettes, plush leathers, bold patterns and a sophisticated but unexpected colour palette define her modern, ethical and artisanal handbags collection.
Heritage Craftsmanship in the Community
Throughout the process, Wong works side by side with the craftsmen, inside the workshops, where she feels able to express her aesthetic and vision, reaching the perfection of her unique idea in that particular moment. All products are handcrafted with precision and help promoting the artisanal community’s self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship.
Wong’s collection is made sustainably and according to the highest standards whilst treating local artisans with respect and ensuring fair wages to sustain their skills.
With her precise engineer weaving techniques rooted in craftsmanship, Wong revesits, elevates, explores and expands traditional techniques, bringing new life into ancient crafts by creating high quality, desirable and timeless collections with a human touch and soul.
Wong establishes a close relationship with Moroccan rural farmers where leather is sourced. Goat, lamb and calf are indeed commonly traded meats at local markets.
Working Towards Zero Waste - As each skin is precious and unique, Wong utilizes as much of it as possible: even scraps from the production process are recycled for other smaller parts of the bag. A creative fabrication process gives value to natural marks and blemishes.
Vegetable Tan Dyes - Leather is treated with vegetable tanning methods, while colours are achieved with natural dye as to minimise the harmful effects of chemicals in the surrounding area.
Handmade Production - Majority of the production process is handmade due to the complex and sophisticated crafts. All with extremely limited machine intervention, thus ensuring environmental sustainability.
Recycle - Each bags is stitched by thread recycled from unraveled and spun car seatbelts.
Packaging - Each dust bag is made by organic cotton, while sews and finishes are carried out by stay-at-home wives.
Heritage. Small Scale Production. Fair Trade.