Originally trained as a graphic designer, Candice Lau left this previous career and acquired her skills as a leather worker by following a love for the art of traditional leathercraft.
With these skills in hand, she established a brand of leather bags and accessories in 2014, as well as a business that offered bespoke, tailored leather products to both individual clients and companies which includes Bang and Olufsen, House and Garden, Lacoste amongst others.
While she employs traditional methods of production, her work is undoubtedly contemporary. Honing in the graphic sensitivity from a previous career, her bags and accessories exemplifies how tradition can be applied to contemporary design.
The QEST/Leathersellers scholarship will enable leather worker, Candice Lau to train at the Scuola Del Cuoio in Florence and enhance her skills on traditional leathercraft. The new skills will enable her to take on more challenging bespoke work especially in pattern cutting, more refined finishings and learning the ways to work with different types of leather including exotic skins. She hopes to build on her career as a highly skilled craftsperson upon her return to the UK, and continue to grow her brand that was started in London in 2014.