Every so often, The Study Room catches up with our favourite freelancers, creatives & fellow business owners to find out what really makes them tick
(and jump out of bed everyday!)
Today, we speak to Kaysha Omole the founder of KayK Goods who make minimalist leather bags and accessories. who focuses on providing timeless pieces; handcrafted to last.
We at The Study Room are huge fans of Kaysha & KayK Goods, having featured her indispensable and beautiful pencil cases as one of our WantItWednesday's a few weeks back.
Keep checking in with us as we will meet with lots of people from lots of different specialities, to help you make the most of your day!
What does a typical day look like to you?
I can’t honestly say that I have a typical work day.
KayK Goods is a one woman operation, all tasks from making, accounting and marketing fall under my wing. I work on prioritising tasks on a weekly basis, with the primary weekly aim to fulfil all open orders. I dedicate 3 days to making depending on the workload. One of those days is used for the leather cutting and any other leather prep needed before the sewing process.
My remaining two days are used for sewing, finishing and packaging. Once done I make a trip to the post office!
I can also be found taking photos, instagramming, speaking to customers and all the other admin variables that come with running a creative business.
Where do you call your ‘Office’?
Being a Londoner, prices can be quite high for a workspace, especially when you are self-funded maker.
I have made my home my studio. As one can imagine separating cosy and work mode can be difficult at times.
So to keep my juices flowing and on my toes (sometimes quite literally), I like to play music loud when preparing goods. While sewing to mellow out and focus, I can go through hours of documentaries, TV shows and audio books, passively ingesting information.
How did you end up in your line of work?
Leather crafting is a hobby gone career.
I studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins; in hindsight I don’t think I ever wanted to be a painter or an artist in the classical sense. I am an artist and drawing was my first passion, it made me happy so I pursued it. I have always been inclined to try new things when it comes to being creative.
A few years ago I watched as many YouTube videos as I could and taught myself how to knit, once I made a jumper or two I was satisfied with my new skill. It just so happens that leather crafting was the only one that really stuck with me.
I think it also helped that I realised that I wanted to be my own boss. I got tired of feeling dispensable.
What is the one thing you wish you had known at the beginning?
Everything has worked at a pace that makes sense to me.
I wish I had known in the beginning that you need to take yourself seriously. It's harder than it initially seems and sometimes you will feel discouraged but should just keep going.
What is the best part of your day?
When I have completed my daily tasks and can lay down.
For a laid back person being self-employed has made me a bit of a workaholic. It feels good and I truly enjoy it, but I relish moments of stillness, to decompress and pat myself on a back at the end of another successful day.
What are you working on at the moment?
Sadly a lot of my 2017 goals are behind the scenes focused, so my lips are sealed!
We've just started with 2017, you never know what the year may hold!