Thursday, June 21, 2012

Franky Boateng (Flybird)

(Franky Boateng himself)

Quite recently we decided to collaborate with the talented Franky Boateng from Flybird (leather goods). Here's an interview we did with him to let you in on his world:

Can you tell us more about Flybird being handcrafted here in the Netherlands? (who makes it, where, how?)

Actually, I make everything myself. I started making leather wallets in 2006. In 2009 I created my first backpack what was a great success for me and the people around me. From there I started creating a team so we could make more things, because its not easy to make everything alone. Most of the time I am sitting behind the sewing machine and the other people are cutting everything out of the leather.

What kind of person do you consider yourself and how does this reflect in your work?

I consider myself as a artistic person, working hard and enjoying the small things in life.
I don't need much in life, only a bag where I can put my stuff in.The reason that I make bags is because I am not home that much and there's always a reason to go somewhere. I'm not a type that stays home and watch tv. In 2005 I had no house for 5 months so I traveled with different kind of bags I made a mini bag to put my small things in and now it is just a part of my life.
That all changed with my company Flybird. I work extremely hard. After that I sport and finish up with meditation and sleep.

Where does your passion for leather come from and why do you love this material?

My mom always went to Italy to buy leather bags and shoes I liked the smell of it. And it's something I have a natural feeling with. The more you wear leather, the more it comes alive. And I'm so proud to give life to every bag I design.

What do you want to add to the market of bags with your label Flybird?

I want Flybird bags to be a part of your life. A bag is not just a bag. Every bag has its story.
It's something you carry with you all the time with your stuff in it. It has to be your style. It must live and be natural and free. Flybird bags are really made for real people that live life. It's not a fashion or trend.

Who and what inspires you?

Nature and worldly pictures of people inspire me.
In pictures you see emotions and different kinds of styles I like that because then I see things that I have in common with different people. The nature always inspires me. Especially the colors.

Where would you like to be with your label in 10 years?

In 10 years I want everybody to be aware of Flybird and were it stand for and that they made it a part of their life.
Freedom, artistic life, Own Style.

Can you add a picture of your favorite design so far and tell us why?

The Smith & Wesson Model 36 bag
The name Smith & Wesson comes from the classic revolvers from 1927. I was inspired by its steel and old brown appearance. Thinking about a bag that would catch the eye of a rusty cowboy from 1927. If I see this bag I get the feeling that it's an old bag and that is what I intended to do.

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