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Hotch Potch : The Story of The Leather Brand

Introduction: The Rich Tradition of Indian Leather and the Birth of Hotch Potch


India has a long-standing history of leather craftsmanship dating back to over 5000 years. In this day and age, with a plethora of luxury leather accessory brands from foreign countries, it is time to explore and appreciate the craftsmanship of Indian leather. One such brand that is making waves in the market is Hotch Potch.


Hotch Potch: A Fusion of Classic and Quirk


Hotch Potch is a maiden venture that combines stylish classics with an interesting and unusual play of shapes, colors, textures, and embellishments. There is an element of playfulness in every piece, while keeping them at the cutting edge of style and fashion. The brand aims to become a one-stop-shop for all personal accessories, showcasing collections of leather bags, leather footwear, and contemporary jewelry.


Hotch Potch Leather unit
Hotch Potch Leather unit


Founder Samiha Iyer: From NIFT Chennai to Valentino in Italy


Samiha Iyer, the founder of Hotch Potch, did her B.Des in Fashion and Lifestyle Accessories design from the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Chennai. The department specializes in personal accessories and works with multiple mediums such as wood, acrylic, leather, and metal. Samiha's experience of these mediums and techniques, along with her product design expertise, is what founded the brand. She further gained experience in leather and bag designing from Polimoda in Italy, working hand in hand with the Italian luxury fashion house Valentino. This global leather fashion experience brought a new perspective to the understanding of ancient Indian leather techniques.


Founder of Hotch Potch at an exhibiton at Amethyst , Chennai
Founder of Hotch Potch Samiha Iyer


The Making of Hotch Potch: A Mix of Different Things


Hotch Potch, literally meaning amalgamation or mix, is what builds the DNA of the brand. Samiha's eclectic personality and her experience of working with multiple mediums are incorporated into the brand's design ethos. Hotch Potch brings in a lot of techniques with modern design elements. The brand name was inspired by other names such as "amalgamation," "mix," and "meraki."


Hotch Potch Logo: A Representation of Leather Weave and Entertainment


While researching inspiration for the logo design, Samiha came across an image of a leather weave process and was inspired by the image of a leather weave process while researching inspirations for logo design.Hotch Potch's logo is a representation of a leather weave, with the warp and weft shaded in different thicknesses. The logo is also very entertaining - tilt your head to the left, and you'll see an "H"; tilt your head to the right, and you'll see a "P."


Hotch Potch's logo is a representation of a leather weave, with the warp and weft shaded in different thicknesses
Hotch Potch Logo


Hotch Potch Vision: Affordable Luxury and Commitment to Sustainability

The brand's vision is to provide affordable luxury with ancient craftsmanship techniques. Hotch Potch aims to become a lifestyle brand that fits into any personal accessory category. The brand is committed to sustainability and contributes to craft clusters while minimizing waste. All Hotch Potch products are handcrafted and made to order, which ensures that there is no waste in the production process.


In conclusion, Hotch Potch is a brand that is worth exploring. With its unique mix of classic and quirk, affordable luxury, and sustainable and handcrafted techniques, the brand is set to make a name for itself in the Indian leather accessory market.

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