Candice originally trained as a graphic designer, she left this previous career and acquired her skills as a leather worker by following a love for the art of traditional leather craft.

With these skills in hand, Candice established a brand of leather bags and accessories in 2014, as well as a business that offered bespoke, tailored leather products to both individual clients and companies which includes Bang and Olufsen, House and Garden, Lacoste amongst others.

The QEST/Leather sellers’ scholarship will enable leather worker, Candice Lau to train at the Scuola Del Cuoio in Florence and enhance her skills on traditional leathercraft. The new skills will enable her to take on more challenging bespoke work especially in pattern cutting, more refined finishing’s and learning the ways to work with different types of leather including exotic skins. She hopes to build on her career as a highly skilled craftsperson upon her return to the UK and continue to grow her brand that was started in London in 2014.

Candice describes her craft as an exploration of contemporary design as well as using centuries old leather, using her techniques to create the pieces.

Candice also forms part of John Smedley’s collective of British craftsmen in celebration of their 235th anniversary as the oldest manufacturing factory in the world. Together they will be showcasing their collective crafts via retail windows, consumer workshops, special product launches and exhibitions throughout 2019 and 2020.