Those with a bag fetish, check out leather brand Tohl
The multi-faceted Manish Kawlra, Managing Partner of Tohl, brings his wealth of experience in the leather industry to his three-year-old leather accessories brand, Tohl. “Literally meaning ‘hide’ or ‘skin’ (TOHL), we have been around in a limited way since 2013 — available only at select boutiques, with little to no marketing. A decision was taken to scale up the brand in 2016, so the brand was re-launched this August with the introduction of Tohl’s online store,” says the Delhi-born entrepreneur. Kawlra, 54, has lived and worked in Chennai for over two decades, and discovered during his stint as a senior VP with local Gaitonde (leather shoes) that “There was a gap in the market for high-quality leather accessories, dominated by brands like High Design and Da Milano.” This gave him the inspiration to launch Tohl.” Those with a bag fetish can look forward to a selection of sleek, functional handbags in a variety of styles (totes, satchels, shoulder bags, sling bags and more).
We enjoyed their selection of wallets in vibrant colours and handy designs —wristlets, zip-around wallets as well as flap-over wallets —with plenty of space for currency and cards. But the collection’s piece de resistance is a gorgeous array of clutches and evening bags. From an electric blue patent finish, a bold gold evening bag to a timeless black leather envelope clutch, which mimics a crocodile finish, every piece is a must-have.
Kawlra, who laughs about how he is practically a ‘Madrasi’ and has come to adore Chennai after so many years here, is particular about the quality of the leather. “We make (process) most of the leather, which we source from Europe, in our tannery in Chennai. We export some of our leather to Europe after we process it, and we are strict about conforming to environmental safety standards (effluent discharge).”
The Delhi University alumnus tells us that his team is happy with the response that re-branding has given them, and that they have big plans for the future. “In the next few months, we are launching online in the Middle East, and will be available in fashion portals like Myntra, Jabong and Amazon soon, as well as a couple of boutiques across the country. We’re also working on a men’s range. Next year, we also hope to launch our own experience stores,” he adds with a smile. `1,140 upwards. Details: tohl.in