New York based eco-design brand GoFish has released two new products to add to their collection: a carryall bag and a matching dog collar for man’s best friend! These new accessories compliment GoFish’s existing line of bags, only this time the inspiration for the line departs from the sleek LA Modern look of the previous collection, and instead comes from exotic Cambodia.
GoFish’s was founded by Terri Lee, an architect at KPF, and her aunt Sanshin Liu, a graphic designer back in 2014. The pair decided to teamed up to address a void they saw in the market: the minimal, yet stylish, compact handbag idea for people on the go with an eco-coinciouse. Whilst GoFish’s first line was inspired by the designers’ love of travel, the company’s new products are inspired by the places they’ve been.
Co-founder Terri Lee traveled to Cambodia back in 2009 to study the work of Vann Molyvann, the most prolific architect of Cambodia’s New Khmer Architecture movement. Drawing from the rich history of modernist architectural design Cambodia that was nearly extinct, GoFish’s new line was born.
The Kampot is a unisex, versatile carryall made from durable canvas with pinstriped interior lining. The Kampot carryall is easily-folded, packed away and is machine washable making it an idea travel companion for all your adventures. The bag is available in three color combinations: Stone/Mint Slate/Caramel Natural/Black
To match the bag, GoFish have decided to branch out into animal fashion accessories and design the Kep, a dog collar that coordinates with the interior lining of the Kampot bags. The Kep collar is made from luxurious faux bridle and is waterproof, odor-resistant, and extremely durable. It too comes in three colours: Mint/Brown, Caramel/Brown, Black/Brown.
Their namesakes – Kampot and Kep – are two coastal French colonial towns located 150 km outside of Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh, where Terri spent time during her travels. She was struck by the time capsule nature of the undeveloped, quiet beach-side towns.
Terri recalls her trip:
“I went to Cambodia in 2009 for the Vann Molyvann Project (http://www.vannmolyvannproject.org/). We were based in Phnom Penh and were researching/documenting the work of Vann Molyvann, who’s a modernist architect that did some really amazing buildings before the Khmer Rouge took over. Most of his archives and drawings were destroyed by them, and now lots of his buildings are being demolished for development.
I spent most of my time in Phnom Penh, but took a few days to travel down to Kep and Kampot. At the time Kep was a completely undeveloped beach town. Before the Khmer Rouge, it was a popular resort town for the elite. All over the town, there are ruins of villas that were abandoned and then destroyed by the Khmer Rouge. Some are modernist, some are more traditional European villas. What’s really interesting is that since the government doesn’t have the resources to do anything with them – they pay families to basically squat in some of the more prominent villas in return for keeping up the landscape. The building is mostly left to nature. Best example of this is the Queen’s Villa. Kampot is a larger city about 25km away. We rented Honda Supercubs (the Cambodian standard vehicle) and made the trip out one day. It’s also a French colonial town, very quiet, and undeveloped. Their main industry is/was peppercorns!”
Like all of their products, the new collection is designed and manufactured exclusively in New York City. GoFish uses clean lines, vibrant colors, and meticulous attention to quality and craftsmanship. That’s it! Being a brand which focuses heavily on sustainability, GoFish does not use leather in any of their products. Instead, they source only the highest-grade polyurethane, vinyl, and polyester materials that are both alluring and easy-to-clean.
GoFish’s previous collection consists of three models, inspired by the clean cut lines of LA modernism.
The Ain is a wristlet for the bare essentials.
The Allyn is a versatile folder that will serve you from a late meeting to happy hour.
Completing the line is the Ellwood, an on the go, compact crossbody bag carries the basics for everyday city life.
The GoFish Philosophy
Terri Lee, Associate Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox, and her aunt Sanshin Liu, a graphic designer, have teamed up in 2014 to address a void they see in the market: the minimal, yet stylish, compact handbag. As avid travelers and design professionals, Terri and Sanshin created a collection of handbags that are flexible and adaptable, befitting for every occasion – for the woman who is always on to the next.
Drawing inspiration from mid-century masters of design, GoFish uses beautiful textiles and simple shapes to create bold, minimal handbags that are both timeless and modern. Sourcing only the highest-grade polyurethane, vinyl, polyester, and canvas materials that are both alluring and easy-to-clean, GoFish does not use leather in any of their products. Their designs forgo frills and excess materials for travel-ready, well-constructed bags that won’t give the wearer away as a tourist. At GoFish, form and function go bag in hand.
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