Member Since 2011
Name: Harris Elliott Creative Director
Location: London, England
Product: Quilted Laptop Cover - Q1 SKIN
Harris Elliott, a London-based fashion and music stylist who studied interior design, was tired of the utilitarian but aesthetically questionable laptop cases on the market—so he made his own, of luxurious quilted Napa leather with protective foam padding. More Chanel than tech geek, it’s now part of an entire bag line.
What inspired you to create the Q1 SKIN?
A need for a stylish laptop case.
How was the Q1 SKIN made?
One day I took a piece of leather to my friend Chris and said, “Can you make me a laptop case, and can you quilt it for protection?” Within a few months of that happening, due to numerous comments, I realized there were many others who wanted nice cases for their computers, too. So I hatched a plan to build a brand. After many trials, many samples, and many conversations, H was born.
What was the big aha! you had while creating this product?
The big aha! came after the product was created. Every time someone gets in contact or comments on how much they like the product, it makes me feel, aha! it ticks their boxes, too.
Can you describe your creative process?
It usually involves countless envelopes and scraps of paper with doodles on them and daily observation of how people walk, move and interact with each other.
What do you love about what you do?
The fact that every day is different; that what I’ve created makes people smile.
How would you sum up your aesthetic/design philosophy?
Less is more. Where possible I try to make form and function inseparable and then stir it up with a bit of military.
What are you working on next?
Spring/summer 2012 for the main line and a capsule concept project.