"I decided to build my dream business, crafting my own leather bag designs. Not only that, but I also began creating my own jewelry designs."
"I'm a married man with two sons. Having children made my life a lot happier and I discovered more passion in my work, with the spirit to make my children happy by providing all their needs and also for their future prosperity.
"I'm Nanang Agung Rahmanto. I was born on October 30, 1980 in a small town in Central Java. My hometown is famous for its milk production. It lies between two famous mountains in Java, Merapi and Merbabu, which I used to hike when I was a child. I have always been interested in art and because of that, I enrolled in an art school in Jogjakarta.
"When I graduated, I really wanted to go with my idealism and I became a painter. But the path was not very easy. After a while, I applied and was accepted to work as a jewelry designer at a big company in Jakarta. My young and restless spirit craved some outlet for my creative talent, and I moved from one company to another… five times. Then I decided to build my dream business, crafting my own leather bag designs. Not only that, but I also began creating my own jewelry designs. I've been working with jewelry since 1999.
"I use regular casting tools and work with the help of several silversmiths. My materials are silver, gold, and diamonds. For my handbags, I only use genuine leather put together with hand-stitching tools.
"In designing, I find inspiration in Indonesia's beautiful natural landscapes. My designs are bold and sometimes not ordinary. In 2009, I was a finalist for the Independent Handbag Designer Award in New York for the "Best Handmade Handbag Category."
"By joining Novica, I really hope I'll be able to expand my market and provide a good life for my family."