Clare Smith founded Moniko in 2011 after falling in the love with the exquisite beauty of Kimono during her first visit to Japan. Over the years the appreciation of the Kimono has faded, therefore Moniko’s mission is to celebrate Kimono and Obi design and recraft these colourful pieces into classic clutch bag designs and accessories that compliment any modern day outfit. Each bag is a piece of Japanese history. Clare sources each of the authentic and vintage Japanese Kimono and Obi, which she uses to design each piece. Every inch of the kimono and obi is used in her collection so nothing goes to waste. The items are handmade by self help groups and artisans in Malaysia and Cambodia, helping to support disadvantaged communities.