London based label Bena, founded by Anita Gohil in 2003, has been steadily building a cult following. Inspired by the environment on the door-step of her Hackney studio, Anita creates accessories that playfully bring to life the posing pigeons, elusive town foxes and gallivanting city cats.
The form that these characters take is screen-printed perspex or laser-etched wood. With a degree in Fine Art from The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, Anita's first steps in the design world saw her work alongside Russell Sage (an Innovative London-based independent fashion label) and Born Free. This foray into fashion served to confirm her passion and led quickly to the set-up of her own business, named after her mother's childhood nickname, Bena.
The label is stocked in boutiques internationally. Londoners may recognise the pieces from Islington's Labour of Love, Shoreditch's No-One, Beyond The Valley, @work Jewellery, but her work is also popular in Moscow's Twins boutique, New Zealands Ricochet, Glasgow's Brazen and Parises Precursor, Brighton's Jewel Thief.