To complement the NON + autumn collection, the MIMIKRIDesign we chose bags made from recycled leather. We are very pleased to discover the brand, as its models are close to the world of NON + in terms of geometric design and spirit. In connection with the cooperation, we talked to the founder-designer of the brand, Krisztina Nagy.

- Where did you work before?

- I graduated from the textile design department of MOME in 2012 as a printed material designer. After graduation, I worked as a production manager and production preparer for three years, which is really not a creative field - most of the work is filled with design and calculation in excel spreadsheets. After the intellectual environment of the university, I didn’t feel motivated to do this kind of work in the long run. THEI didn't really find my place as an employee, however, I never thought I would launch my own brand once, I just didn’t feel good about someone else always telling me what to do in my job. There were a thousand kinds of things in my head, but for a long time I couldn’t get over them, which I exclusively wanted to deal with in the long run.

 

- How was the first MIMIKRIDesign bag born?

- The brand was launched in 2017 virtually by chance. I’ve always been a big fan of rummers, I find this kind of treasure hunt very exciting. On an occasion like this, I found a leather skirt made of beautiful raw material in perfect condition, which I immediately slapped on. His style wasn’t particularly advantageous, so I figured I’d make a leather backpack out of it that I had longed for. I disassembled that night, made the tailoring pattern and sewed my first bag. I enjoyed every part of the process from demolition to design to execution so much that I immediately had the feeling that I wanted to deal with it.

 

- Are all your bags made exclusively from recycled leather?

- Yes, this is the basis of the brand's philosophy. Thanks to the recycled raw material, each of my bags is unique, no two are the same, I can make at most similar ones. The preparation of a bag is a long process, it is not enough to find the right raw material in the form of trousers, skirts or jackets, the subsequent cleaning and dismantling phase is a long job, and the design only follows. The cleaned materials are laser-cut with brand-specific geometric patterns, so the whole process means at least two days of work for each bag.

 

- Do you make each piece yourself?

- The first specimens are always made by me, I usually publish the series production of the more complex styles, but the smaller pieces - purses, belts - are usually made by me.

- How would you define the style of MIMIKRIDesign?

- It is not typical for me to follow trends, so I usually think not in collections, but in matching pieces, in the design of which I follow my own intuition, which I feel much more authentic, as if I were reflecting on constantly changing international trends. The basic character of the bags is determined by the monochrome color scheme, the use of simple geometric shapes and the sleek nature, and since I don’t think in seasons, I design my pieces for the long term.

 

 

- Where are your products available?

- In connection with the cooperation, my bags are also available in the NON + Showroom, and they are also continuously available in the mono art & design, Rhododendron and FIAN Concept stores, as well as in my own Etsy webshop.