Ancient Chinese knot-tying techniques and the It bag of the season may seem like an unlikely combination, but Katherine Kwei pulls it off. Drawing inspiration from her own Chinese heritage, she gives her line of hip handbags a personal twist with gorgeously crafted details like fringing and knotting. And with a background at Louis Vuitton, she’s well schooled in luxury. Some of Hollywood's most fashionable celebrities have already caught on: Sienna Miller, Taylor Momsen, and Blake Lively have been spotted out and about with these must-have hobos and satchels hanging off their arms.
There's fringe, and then there's <i>fringe</i>—and if you're a fan of the look, you'd do well to turn to Katherine Kwei’s intricate creations. Her mastery of fringed and knotted exotic leather is so renowned it's even won over <i>Gossip Girl</i> stars and trendsetters Taylor Momsen and Blake Lively. From all-day carryalls to the perfect evening clutch, each of these wonderfully stylish bags features remarkable hand details.
Re-energize your wardrobe with this selection of supple leather bags, chic evening clutches, and sexy sandals and pumps. Katherine Kwei’s whimsical bags range from metallic patent leather satchels to fringed suede totes, while Jessica Jensen's structured satchels come in plum, sage and lemon. Round out your look with a pair of Botkier’s Paige platform sandals in black or denim.
Innovative design, exceptional quality and a deep reverence for Chinese tradition are the foundations for designer Katherine Kwei’s aesthetic philosophy. After working in PR for esteemed fashion house Louis Vuitton, Kwei went on to pursue a degree in accessories design, graduating with an M.A in Design and Technology for Accessories from the prestigious London College of Fashion. While in London she worked with bespoke floral appliqué handbag designer Susannah Hunter, as well as the trendy Billy Bag company. After moving to New York, Kwei completed an internship with Zac Posen and ultimately launched an eponymous line of her own in 2007. Luxurious and refined, Kwei’s snakeskin, calfskin, and goat suede bags are routinely seen on the arms of A-List starlets like Cameron Diaz, Eva Longoria and Rachel Weisz as well as features in prestigious publications like People and Vogue UK. Katherine Kwei’s stylish satchels are available at Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, high-end boutiques across the country and now, Gilt Groupe.
Signature fringe and handwoven knots give these bags amazing texture and put a new twist on everyday hobos, satchels and totes. The intricate detail gets piled especially high on clutches, making them bound to get second looks.