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Photographer Profile: Urban Koi
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Photographer Profile: Urban Koi

As we developed our new campaign — See The World In A New Light — the work of our friend Urban Koi was a constant inspiration. Based in Brooklyn and often found in the photographically well-tread blocks around our SoHo offices, she re-frames familiar motifs into enthralling, breathtaking new visions (see: that plane in Iceland). Recently, she added our new Savannah bag to her ONA collection and today we're fortunate to share a little more about one of our favorite creatives, in her own words.

Name: Urban Koi

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Describe your aesthetic in five words or less: Wistful, enigmatic, beguiled in fog.


Go-to gear: Canon 5D Mark III and Nikomat FT.

Favourite place to travel to: London. I dance to its heartbeat and rich history.

Biggest influences: Rog & Bee Walker, Leonardo da Vinci, and Mae C. Jemison—engineer, physician, scientist, and first female African-American NASA astronaut to travel in space.

Things you can’t live without: My best friend, cat, and green tea.

What motivates you: This insatiable thirst to learn, create, and tell a story.

Time of day you are most creative: Between midnight and daybreak.

Biggest challenge: Being a perfectionist.

One piece of advice that stuck with you: “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” — Babe Ruth

Urban Koi carries the Savannah crossbody camera bag in black leather

Mistake you’ve learned from: Trusting too easily.

Project you are most proud of: Having my writing and photography published in print in Water Journal.

Most used phrase: “Life is too short for matching socks."

Earliest memory: Offering my father a massive strawberry from my birthday cake when I turned 2.

Hidden talent: Time-traveling in my dreams.

Dream project: Documenting all 7 continents and becoming an astronaut to photograph space.

A-ha moment: Realising that the only thing stopping you, is you.

Goal for 2017: Breathing air in new countries and publishing more stories.

 The Savannah crossbody camera bag in black leather


Sweet or savoury: Savoury.

Cats or dogs: Cats.

Celebrity crush: Bryan Cranston, Clint Eastwood, Hugh Laurie, and Benedict Cumberbatch. I admire their brilliant craft.

Favourite books: 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami, The Stranger by Albert Camus.

Favourite albums: If You Leave by Daughter, Ghost Stories by Coldplay.

Greatest fear: Leaving this world with my bucket list unfulfilled.


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