This might sound strange, but my criteria for buying a handbag is similar to selecting a bottle of Bordeaux… the best ones, while pricey, get better with age. With high quality handbags, the leather softens and the color intensifies over time and, if kept in mint condition, should increase in value. That’s why I’m fixated on the ones fashioned by New York-based designer, Katherine Kwei. An haute line of collectible-worthy hobos, totes and clutches, which debuted in the spring, Katherine’s in-demand shoulder candy has since been flying off the shelves at luxury retailers around the globe.
“Knot” your ordinary handbag, Katherine’s cutting-edge creations are meticulously hand crafted with a traditional Chinese knotting technique taught by her grandmother (a Hong Kong-based seamstress who once whipped-up clothes for silver screen legends Katherine Hepburn and Anthony Quinn). Made from a mouth-watering mix of the finest Italian lambskin and water snake, Katherine’s Asian-inspired designs are ideal for fashion-forward femmes who want something unique, that transitions well from day-to-night. Rather than brand her bags with flashy logos and chunky hardware, Katherine’s pieces are elegantly adorned with chic, yet subtle details such as Swarovski crystals.
Among the stars in this season’s lineup: an over-sized charcoal gray tote (perfect for stashing file folders and fashion mags), a posh jet-black pouchette with a detachable strap and a dainty mocha mini bag. If you really want to make a statement, the signature fringe-like “Donna” designs (imagine leather that’s gone through a paper shredder) are well worth the investment. These wearable works of art, which sport intricately curled “eternity knots” along the bottom that swing and swoosh as you walk, are said to symbolize love and happiness. Now that’s what I call retail therapy!
Exclusive Deal Just For YOU! Katherine Kwei is offering Fashion Junkie subscribers an insanely affordable “wholesale” discount off her stunning spring/summer ’07 and fall ’07 collections. Current retail prices of $200-$1800 will be slashed in half to $90-$760 from Monday, October 15th through Sunday, October 28th. Call Katherine Kwei at 646-339-8365 to book your private appointment. Make sure to mention Fashion Junkie to receive your discount. Happy shopping!
- Katherine Kwei
- 646-339-8365 (by appointment only)
- special wholesale prices of $90-$760 (discounted from $200-$1800!)
- final sale on all items
Filed: Shop Talk