Craft in Kallio: Leather Goods with Iina Kettunen

August 12, 2017

Helsinki is known for its hard-working residents, amazing design culture and variable weather patterns…I arrived in Helsinki in the evening to glorious sunshine and a bitter cold spell in the middle of April. In the morning I woke up to explore the city and opened my curtains to be greeted with a snow blizzard – not typical discovering weather. But the next two days were for exploring the 2012 ‘World Design Capital’ – and I had read that in the district of Kallio, a student hang out hotspot, designers are making and producing alongside the heritage shoe makers that Kallio was once known for. A very much emerging place I managed to explore Kallio on a weekend…which is not the best time to be going into shops and studios in Helsinki as they are mostly closed. However, I spent the days I awe of Kallio church and the surrounding area and on Monday I returned a couple of hours before my flight and waited outside Field Day where fresh new Vinyl logos on the windows and a quick look on their website told me that the shop & studio had just opened here in Kallio – and with no opening times and an impending flight time I waited outside hoping that someone would arrive shortly.  And eventually I was greeted by Iina and her partner Unto who warmly welcomed in into Field Day.   

 
 

FIELD DAY 

60.188389 N, 24.960905 E


Iina created Field day in 2013 with the vision to making and selling handmade leather accessories that last, and which can be enjoyed all year round. It is only in 2017 that she opened her workshop-studio in the heart of Kallio. A recently renovated ground floor space with a dark room in the back, the building was one of the first built multi-storey (5) blocks in Kallio. Here Iina crafts the selection of accessories in-store herself, and with the help of Unto’s professional photography they together make Field Day a physical store and online business.    




IINA KETTUNEN

Iina uses ethically sourced Swedish cow and reindeer leather, both naturally vegetable tanned to ensure that each product stays pure and true to her own design and craft values. With her design table and Finnish made leather tools Iina creates a special experience as visitors can witness the crafting process while browsing in the store.
   
Alongside her partner Unto they have created a beautiful and welcoming shop in the heart of Helsinki’s bohemian Kallio district. You can find camera and eyewear accessories, wallets and laptop cases in store and at www.fieldday.fi.

SOUVENIR

 
I couldn’t leave Field Day without purchasing one of Iina’s leather pieces, and something that I know I’ll use a lot is the glasses chain. Demonstrated here with our Kallio frames in Crystal acetate and emerald green lenses. And yes…that’s my case in the background – from pale natural leather to chestnut brown, one of our first samples of the MONC leather case.


Field Day Leather Accessories | http://www.fieldday.fi/shop/


HELSINKI DESIGN MUSEUM

A must visit in Helsinki is The Designmuseo, which exhibits the history of product industrial design from Helsinki, and celebrates the use of sustainability and charity within the design industry.

 

You can view and purchase our Kallio range here. Or take a look at our first collection for Spring Summer '17 here.


Words and photography by Freddie Elborne


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in MONC JOURNEY

In Conversation with: Bethany Rowntree

December 06, 2017

Beth approached us about the concept of Studio B in June; a curated selection of  brands which present high quality, ethically produced items collated on one platform. With first hand experience working with Mulberry, Matches Fashion and Anya Hindmarsh, Bethany has turned her focus to present a selection of brands to customer's looking for products of substance and longevity. Since launch in September, Studio B has been building a reputation for its playful yet curated selection of niche brands. We sat down with Bethany to find out more about her idea of the perfect marketplace.

Read More

Craft in Kreuzberg: Ceramics with Roland Hauk

November 16, 2017

Kreuzberg’s bohemian culture has been on the rise in the last 20 to 30 years, the underground music scene influencing nightlife and audio around the world, and the bohemian style of fashion has played a part in changing catwalks across the industry. More recently a renaissance of craft and young artisans has made Kreuzberg the centre for well made locally sourced goods in Berlin. By young artisans I don't mean young in age, but young in development. In this Journal post we explore a long standing resident of Kreuzberg, who has recently moved away from a commercial 2D discipline of design to a more hand on approach to ceramics, and influencing local residents to follow his journey.

Read More

In Conversation With: Elsie Evans

October 05, 2017 2 Comments

To capture the vibrancy of each neighbourhood and further tell their stories we collaborated with artist Elsie Evans, to create a series of paintings which are captured on each micro-fibre cleaning cloth that accompanies every frame purchased. We talked to Elsie about what first inspired her as an artist, her daily paintings, and how she established The Elsie Evans Art Retreat which opened this year in her ex-pat home, Thai Land.

Read More