At MONC our core values are based on designing high quality items that last, whilst supporting artisanal producers and ethical suppliers.
For our latest accessory, the Eyewear Travel Case, we want to elaborate on what it means to be transparent. Our World is full of uncertainty, especially in the things we consume... and use daily, and at MONC we set out to reveal the journey that products go though before they eventually get to the user.
A product's journey is one which shapes and defines it, and inevitably influences the user to eventually acquire it. These elements include SKETCHING, DIGITAL DESIGN, RESEARCH, SOURCING, DEVELOPMENT, REFINEMENT, PRODUCTION, TESTING and QUALITY CONTROL to name a few. MONC was born from the disciplines of creating, producing and sourcing ethically. The leather we use for the Travel Case is sourced in Italy, from the Tempesti tannery in Ponte a Egola, Florence. The inside is pig suede sourced from British supplier GH Leathers and all brass fittings are sourced from Abbey England.
Due to the size of the business, we currently produce in small batches of up to 100 individual products both in leather accessories and frame manufacture. To do this we seek to collaborate with makers that we can meet and converse with, to entrust in producing the highest quality item according to the MONC values. Our Travel Cases are made in a workshop in Leicestershire within a team of 7 craftspeople, each with whom we've met and discussed in what we're trying to achieve.
The result of carefully considered design, sourcing and production results in a beautifully crafted leather travel case which contains a unique internal structure ensuring protection for more extensive use. A product which is designed to last, and which celebrates the merit of supporting artisanal makers.
We've produced the Travel Case in three colours. (With the aim to produce a more varied colour selection in 2018) We currently sell them in BURGUNDY RED, AGAVE GREEN, and PRUSSIAN BLUE all of which you can purchase with FREE PERSONALISATION - enjoy monogramming and shipping on us this Christmas.
As MONC grows, and we get to the point that our makers cannot withstand size of each batch, we will use similar makers with corresponding values to continue producing the products at the quality we produce currently.