Korla is a textile and design house created in 2011 with offices in London and Singpaore. Formed by Jane Bonsor & Ted Utoft, the company creates distinctive textiles and home accessories. Leveraging on Jane’s successful design career and former fashion line Pocket Venus and Ted’s marketing and brand consulting tenure, Korla was formed to offer a new aesthetic of high design at an approachable price. The Anglo-American pair finds inspiration from their western roots and their eastern surroundings, creating evocative and playful prints on high-quality, natural interior textiles. Bold colours, iconic motifs and strong patterns are coordinated across collections to give customers the ability and courage to mix, match and play with various prints to reflect their personality and taste.
Jane Bonsor is the British-born designer behind Korla. After graduating with first class honours from Edinburgh University she started her career as a fashion buyer and product developer and then spent seven years building up her own fashion label Pocket Venus. During that time she sold her creations to over 50 boutiques and department stores worldwide. A cult celebrity following included Kate Middleton, Rachel Bilson & Rosamund Pike who loved the label’s signature style of eclectic, vintage silhouettes combined with Jane’s bespoke prints, designed exclusively for the label. She then moved to Singapore with her husband, sold her business, had three babies in quick succession and decided to leap into the world of interiors with the launch of Korla. As Creative Director she has chosen the best prints from her Pocket Venus catalogue, tweaking both colour and scale to transform them from fashion fabrics into a dynamic interiors collection. The collection has grown significantly with a growing body of designs created specifically for Korla.
Ted Utoft grew up in a small town in the American Midwest before studying theatre and journalism at the University of Iowa. Upon graduating Ted ventured to China in 2004 where he worked as a journalist for nearly two years in both Beijing & Shanghai. He later came to Singapore to work as a qualitative market researcher and brand consultant finding out what makes Asian consumers tick. During his time in Singapore Ted worked with Flamingo and Asian Strategies, as well as overseeing a number of clients with his own consulting business, Ted Utoft Creative Consutling. Clients included major multinationals in consumer goods, alcohol, travel, insurance, finance, oil, telecommunications and entertainment. After more than five years of travelling the region for the marketing and branding industry he joined Jane to serve as Korla’s Executive Director.
A London native like Jane, Juliet Haines had an interest in textiles early on – completing GCSE's and A levels in Textiles, Craft and Design. With a BA in Business Management from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Jules has over 9 year of marketing experience, with the majority of it at the UK's largest charity – Cancer Research UK. But all her work aside, she was never far from a sewing machine and has attended many creative courses such as upholstery, lampshade, and curtain making. As luck would have it she made a move to Singapore in late 2011 and by February 2012 she was interning at Korla. Jules' passion for the industry and her marketing experience quickly made her a member of the team, first as an Assistant Marketing Director in 2012 and our Director of Sales & Marketing by mid 2013. Jules returned to London in early 2013 to help set-up Korla's UK operations where she drives consumer and trade sales for Britain and increasingly beyond.