KOZHA NUMBERS IS A MULTI DIMENSIONAL LABEL FOUNDED IN 2015 BY ILONA GERASIMOV AND LENA VASILENKO. KOZHA NUMBERS EVOLVED INTO A BRAND THROUGH THE FOUNDERS ADMIRATION FOR ART, ARCHITECTURE, MATERIAL AND FORM. GERASIMOV AND VASILENKO TOOK AN ALTERNATIVE PATH IN THE WAY ALL PRODUCTS ARE DESIGNED AND EXECUTED. FOCUSING ON THE TRADITIONAL ART CRAFT OF HAND MAKING, EACH DESIGN IS CREATED IN A DELICATE MATTER WITH THE HIGHEST REGARD TO DETAIL AND PRACTICALITY.


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FIVE QUESTIONS WITH LENA x ILONA:

 

 

WHAT IS YOUR BACKGROUND?

 

WE MET IN 2009 AND BECAME FAST FRIENDS OVER OUR MUTUAL ADMIRATION FOR WELL MADE PRODUCTS.  AT THIS TIME WE WERE BOTH WORKING IN THE CORPORATE WORLD AND LONGED TO DO SOMETHING THAT WOULD FEED OUR CREATIVE AMBITIONS. WE CREATED KOZHA NUMBERS DURING A SPONTANEOUS ROAD TRIP TO BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA. TALKING ABOUT OUR ASPIRATIONS FOR THE BRAND MADE OUR 17 HOUR DRIVE FEEL LIKE A MERE 5 MINUTES. ONCE BACK FROM OUR TRIP WE STARTED BUILDING OUR DREAM AND NEVER LOOKED BACK, FOR OVER A YEAR WE WORKED FULL TIME AT OUR OFFICE JOBS, AND ON KOZHA NUMBERS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT.

 

 

WHAT DOES “KOZHA NUMBERS 0123456789” REPRESENT?

 

THE WORD KOZHA IS A DELICATE WORD FOR LEATHER IN OUR NATIVE LANGUAGE.

NUMBERS AND THE FIRST TEN DIGITS ARE USED TO REPRESENT OUR STAPLE PRODUCTS, JUST LIKE THE FIRST TEN FUNDAMENTAL DIGITS- THAT CREATE EVERY OTHER NUMBERS WE HOPE OUR BAGS WILL BECOME BE A FUNDAMENTAL PART OF EVERYONES WARDROBE.

 

 

WHERE ARE YOUR PRODUCTS PRODUCED?

 

CURRENTLY ALL OF OUR BAGS ARE HANDCRAFTED IN PORTLAND, OREGON. WE DO NOT WORK WITH MASS FACTORIES AND ONLY ORDER OUR SUPPLIES FROM LOCAL US COMPANIES.  WE TAKE PRIDE IN HOLDING OUR STUDIO TO THE HIGHEST STANDARD AND MAKING IT AN EXCELLENT MODEL OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A ECO FRIENDLY BRAND. EVERY SINGLE PRODUCT GETS HANDMADE BY US AND OUR SMALL TEAM.

 

 

WHAT ARE YOU INFLUENCED BY?

 

WE ARE HUGELY INSPIRED BY ART AND ARCHITECTURE, THE EMOTIONS YOU FEEL WHEN LOOKING AT A PAINTING  IS WHAT WE HOPE TO REPLICATE THOUGH OUR OWN FORM OF ART: HANDCRAFTED HANDBAGS. WE HUMBLY CONSIDER OUR PRODUCTS AS “WEARABLE ART”

A GREAT ARCHITECTURE DESIGNS ITS BUILDING WITH MATERIALS, FORM, AND DURABILITY IN MIND.  WE FOLLOW THE SAME PATH. THE LEATHER IS ALWAYS THE HIGHLIGHT OF ALL OF OUR DESIGNS.  WE KEEP OUR DESIGNS MINIMAL WITHOUT ADDING ADDITIONAL POCKETS / LINING.  INSTEAD, WE FORM AND STITCH IN CERTAIN AREAS TO CREATE A DESIRED SHAPE.

 

 

WHAT IS NEXT FOR KOZHA NUMBERS?

 

WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT MAKING KOZHA NUMBERS INTO A FULL RANGE LABEL AND WILL DEFINITELY BE  INCORPORATING CLOTHING AND SHOES IN THE FUTURE. WE HAVE SO MANY IDEAS THAT WE ARE SO EXCITED TO CREATE!