NIYONA is an independent studio specialized in the design and production of high-end leather goods, combining sound expertise with a taste for the unusual. The studio and its craftsmen have been recognized by numerous awards highlighting its unique know-how and innovative projects.



Belgian Federal Public Services has officially recognised NIYONA, and founder Nina Bodenhorst as a craftsman. Rewarding our authenticity, craftsmanship, the handmade character of our products and knowledge.


La Vitrine de l’artisan / Ambacht in de kijker” has rewarded Nina Bodenhorst and 10 other craftsmen. A national contest who rewards ‘the best’ craftsmen of the year.


Our flagship store, previously known as Hello James, in the Rue de Laeken (Brussels) has been awarded by a Commerce Design Brussels award. Meaning we are one of the 6 best-designed shops in Brussels. On top of that we are proud we also won the public prize!


Unizo, the association of Belgian entrepreneurs, rewards NIYONA with the new label Handmade in Belgium. This label acknowledges the makers of authentic and qualitative craftsmanship. (And who’s the first to get such a label in Brussels? That’s right, NIYONA!)


Los Angeles, CA (May 1, 2012)
NIYONA of Belgium was Awarded: Third Prize in Accessory Competition for the entry titled, ” Le Jacky.”

The International Design Award exist to celebrate the world’s most visionary designers, discover new and emerging talent, and promote the appreciation of design worldwide. Architects and designers of interiors, fashion, products, and graphics submitted entries from over 65 countries throughout the world, proving IDA’s global emphasis. Judging was a rigorous process, with winners receiving publication of their work in the 2010 International Design Awards Book of Designs, to be distributed nationwide; promotion to 100,000 design professionals and potential clients worldwide; year-long coverage on the International Design Awards website; and critical acclaim by our distinguished panel of judges.

Jurors included: Alice Blackwood – Editor, Design Quarterly; Lise Coirier – Editor-in-Chief, TL; Hans Fank – Editor-in-Chief, OBJEKT International; Aaron Kenedi – Editor-in-Chief, Print; Rebecca Epstein Kong – Co-Founder, Artware Editions; Raj Nandan – Managing Director, Indesign Group; Laurence Ng – Publisher, IdN; Josh Rubin – Editor-in-Chief, Founder, and Publisher, Cool Hunting; and other leaders and editors in the design community.