Katy Bell is the super talented founder of positive brand Lost Property of London. Lost Property of London use salvaged fabrics and transform them into beautiful and practical accessories that are tributes to quality, durability and Katy’s determination to found a brand that is mindful of the environment whilst maintaining a clean and classic aesthetic.
With her first big break coming in the shape of Liberty of London ordering 250 of her Maltby Totes on the spot when she attended a Best of British open day, Lost Property of London have been set to fly from the start. We chat to Katy about how she stays positive and starting up her own handbag brand.
One word that describes you?
In your own words, what do you do?
I run a sustainable accessories company. I design, I manage people and I sell bags!
Who is your greatest influence in your career/life?
My family & friends.
What is your favourite part of your job?
Meeting new people, designing our collections and travelling to new places.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Spinning too many plates at once.
What is your greatest achievement?
Since starting the business, there have been a series of achievements –even bigger ones are hopefully just around the corner. Watch this space!
What was your Plan B?
To be a photographer.
What is your most prized possession?
My sanity and health.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Go with your gut. Oh, and remember to breathe!
Please complete the sentence… I could not live without…
My new Penrose Leather rucksack from Lost Property of London.
If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
I would have dinner with my Great Great Great Uncle Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone. I’d love to hear first hand what inspired him and how he developed his designs through to his finished and incredible invention.
Sustainability and consumption are two words you will hardly find in the same sentence – which brands do you think are good quality and are doing their bit for people and the planet?
Lost Property of London, Aveda, Beulah London, Burberry…just check out the Positive Luxury website!
Do you support a charity or cause?
Well we’re keeping ourselves busy supporting our environment for the moment. We’re currently looking into charity support & donations per bag, we’ll keep you posted…
You can read our recent twitter chat with Katy here.