Reinventing the design of our favorite accessories has never been easy. Mixing form and function to create a wearable piece of endurable art is a task in which many have tried, and failed. For London College of Fashion graduate Taja Bobek however, it’s all in a day’s work.
“The word ‘original’ is quite subjective,” says the up-and-coming designer. “To me, it doesn’t necessarily mean doing something crazy. I think it’s more about carving a unique link between various concepts and elements. If it happens naturally, then it is not difficult however, it certainly requires a lot of effort.”
Originally from Slovenia, Bobek gravitated towards accessory design early on. “I have always been drawn towards product and furniture design so accessories seemed like an ideal specialism for me,” she says. Combining materials such as leather and perspex, Bobek’s designs are futuristic yet wearable.
Inspired by designers such as Dieter Rams and Pheobe Philo, Bobek studied the technical aspects of accessory design before adding her own unique twist; enjoying the challenge experimentation in design brings. “Accessories are undoubtedly my passion,” she says. “They are the first thing that catches my eye, and a beautiful new bag makes my heart beat faster, I am not going to lie! I currently stick to a simple backpack on a day-to-day basis, but I do have a range of bags for every occasion, of course.”
Now based in London, Bobek is currently studying for her Masters degree at The Royal College of Art in Womenswear Accessories. Having already made a splash in the accessory world, expect to see much more from this exciting up-and-coming designer. — ANGELA GILLTRAP