I was only six months old when I first sat upon a horse and my father’s passion for these majestic, graceful animals overwhelmed me. Seven years later, I became a dedicated horse rider. The love for horses influenced my entire life, including my biggest passion – handmade leather goods. At about the same age I discovered where my father had kept his tools for fixing his riding equipment. This treasure chest was my first encounter with the magic of creation, so the next several years of my life I worked my fingers to the bone. I explored and discovered. I learned and tried. I failed, but I succeeded.
The first things I made from scratch were two leather bags. I used them for practicing my skills but I remodeled them so many times that in the end I had to throw them away. It was a bittersweet experience: I did make something good, but it was far away from meeting my criteria. Knowing that these principles shouldn’t change, I continued to improve my skills.

When you have to live your passion

Through my entire adolescence I experimented with cutting, sewing, and painting leather. At that time I realised that it wasn’t only my hobby, something I did besides my regular job. It wasn’t even a job, but destiny’s call, my mission, a way to express myself and to feel alive. The art of designing and creating took over me entirely, and I found a way to transfer it to other people – by creating pieces of leather accessories which will reflect my philosophy and passion. My work and art became the Marko Popov brand in 2015.

Apart from the divine world of horse riding, I find my inspiration everywhere, but especially in the works of Tadao Ando, Mies Van Der Rohe, Richard Neutra, Le Corbusier, Arne Jacobsen, Paul Rand, as well as in architecture, interior design, and Bauhaus. Here you can find out more about my inspiration and the way I make my products.