New collection: 'All gold'

I'm super excited to be launching my new 'all gold' collection today. It's been months in the making, and I'm really pleased at the turn my designs have taken. You can find the full collection in my Etsy Shop and photos below.

For this collection I wanted to move towards designs that are more grown up, but still really unique and out there. All of the new designs are centred around beautiful, shiny gold leather. It's actually often mistaken for metal - but a lot lighter to wear, and much more malleable for me, as the designer, to play around with and develop.

I do love colourful leather, but there's something about the simplicity, smoothness and shininess of this self-sufficient gold that has allowed me to be braver in terms of shapes, layering and even reshaping the flat leather into three-dimensional cones of all sizes. The simplicity coupled with the originality of the pieces makes them, I think, quite versatile and the perfect accompaniment for work or play.

I haven't been shy when it comes to scale and size, so there are plenty of big statement earrings and necklaces - contrasting with the simplicity of the leather and soft, twisted cotton rope in a couple of designs.

All pieces from the new collection are designed, hand cut and assembled by me - it can be laborious work at times, but coupled with a good podcast or audiobook, is also a very soothing and relaxing process.

I've really enjoyed the challenge of developing a coherent collection this time, and I hope you guys like it. My personal favourites are pictured below, with links to the product pages in my Etsy shop.

I would love to hear what you think - please feel free to leave a comment here or get in touch via social media!

And a couple of behind the scenes shots...

My studio

Welcome to my studio! This gorgeous high-ceilinged space is where all Benu Made pieces are thought up, drawn, designed, created, photographed and packaged. I've been based in Prague for nine months now - my boyfriend and I decided to move over from London in search of a more peaceful lifestyle. You can read more about my business and why I decided to move to Prague here and on the Mollie Makes blog.

After two years of working on Benu Made out of the corner of my living room (photos at the end of this post), I'm so so grateful to have this wonderful space.

As a self-confessed nosey parker who loves a peep into people's homes and workspaces, I thought some of you might enjoy this little tour.


My (also very nosey) little helper...

Here's a bit of a peek at a couple of new pieces that are on my desk at the moment. I've also been experimenting with copper / rose gold leather for my new collection, so stay tuned...

Typically, my desk looks like this - all sorts of materials, paper templates, and teeny tiny things like the little red leather nails you can see below!

Back in the day

On the left: This here was my work 'zone' in a corner of our small living room in our lovely, old flat in Bethnal Green, in London. It all started at my living / dining room table mid-2012 (safe to say eating at that table soon came to a halt). It was cramped, but the view over the City and cosiness of it was lovely.

On the right: We then moved to a bigger space in Hackney Wick, where I still worked out of a corner of the living room, but with huge windows and an amazing two meter long new table from Unto This Last. If you're in London, I highly recommended checking out their workshop at the top of Brick Lane!