MEET: Tovi Sorga and Corrie de Vries of Tovicorrie

Today we meet husband and wife design duo Tovi Sorga and Corrie de Vries of Tovicorrie. They create beautiful hand made leather accessories for all our favourite gadgets and more! Designing their own intricate patterns for the leather, means they create truely one off and totally unique designs.

What do you do and how did you start?

We make handmade printed leather accessories for your everyday things. All the designs are original and each item is made by hand to order. All our accessories are made out of 100% fine kid skin leather and cow hide. We make cases for iphones, itouches, ipods, iPads, kindles, card cases and cuffs. We opened our Etsy shop in January 2009 and a Folksy shop not long after. Corrie, my business partner and wife, encouraged me too, she couldn't believe i had been making these leather accessories for years and only gave them away to friends as gifts! I was working as a Chef, but gave this up after six months as, thankfully, I was too busy making orders for Etsy and Folksy, and we have never looked back.

Leather Cherryblossom ipad Case

Describe your work setting.

We currently work from our flat, with the second bedroom as a dedicated studio. It's full of leather, an old singer, my mac and lots of love, sweat & tears! Corrie who looks after the customers and the marketing, works from our lounge, usually with our son strapped to her sleeping peacefully in a sling.

What are your tools of the trade, which is your favourite?

My singer. I work her really hard everyday but she never gives up on me and I couldn't make our products without her.

Leather Roses and Birds Card Case

How do you maintain balance in your life between work and play?

We have a four and a half month old son, so work and play become blurred often, but we try as much as possible to keep weekends work free and get out the house and do family stuff.

Leather Chrysanthumum Cuff

How do you get the word out about your work?

Word of mouth, Facebook, Twitter and our family and friends are fantastic sales reps!

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

We would love to be both be working full-time on the business, with our own website stocking more high end, one off pieces, collaborating with artists, in a beautiful house by the beach on the other side of the world.

Leather Antique Lace iphone Case

Who are some of your favourite artists/designers/makers?

Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach, Alexander McQueen, Alessi, Peter Blake and of course Apple!

Did you always dream of being artists/designer makers when you were growing up?

My family has always been creative. My mum is forever baking amazing cakes and crocheting hats, booties and toys. My sisters both draw amazingly well - i guess it was in the genes!

Leather Springtime Kindle Case

To check out more of beautiful products by Tovicorrie, you can look at their Etsy and Folksy shops. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to be kept up to date with what they are up to!

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