1uv Designs is a partnership between Canadian artist Kent Thomson, Scott Thomson, and Sofia Thomson. We take Kent’s original artwork (primarily acrylic on canvas paintings) cut them up and pair them with vegetable tanned leather to make one-of-a-kind handbags in Toronto. Every bag is unique and original.
Kent is a graduate of Concordia and OCAD, having studied Fine Arts. Having often taken older paintings and painting over them to create new art, Kent views the process of having his paintings cut to make handbags as a way of creating new versions of his art.
1uv Designs officially launched in October 2015. Since then we have sold our bags online via our website. An active community supporter, 1uv has provided bags for auction and giveaways at numerous events. In a very short time 1uv has garnered widespread acclaim and has been featured in Novella Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Guardian, and on CTV Your Morning. 1uv donates a portion of the sale of every bag to the Canadian Woman’s Foundation.
Other – handbags made from original art (acrylic on canvas)