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    Arrow Interview with Handbag Designer: Fiona Kotur Marin


    Interview: Fiona Kotur Marin
    Native New Yorker, now Hong Kong based designer Fiona Kotur Marin founded Kotur, the retro-glamour luxury accessory brand, in 2004, after discovering a vast treasure trove of decorative vintage fabric woven by European Couture Houses during the 60’s and 70’s.

    Her background experience comes from designing accessories for Polo Ralph Lauren, Gap, and collaborating with long time friend, Tory Burch when launching her line.


    She may have started out in the beginning by creating truely one-of-a-kind limited edition vintage brocade clutches, but since then she has added incredible exotics, metals, shells, lucite and rattan and has expanded her collection to include gorgeous minaudieres, everyday bags, work totes and evening clutches.

    I was lucky enough to conducted a Q+A with this star designer and also take a sneak peak at some of her new pieces. See below for the interview + a couple images:
    [email protected]: When did you first decide that you wanted to become a handbag designer?
    FKM: I started making handbags when I was 3. My first was a purple envelope clutch made from construction paper.


    [email protected]: Before starting your own line, you worked at Ralph Lauren, Gap and helped Tory Burch launch her company. Did your experience at those brands influence your aesthetic today?
    FKM: I was fortunate to learn from the best- from Ralph I learned technical design from his uncompromising design standards, Mickey Drexler from Gap taught me the business and commercial sides of retail, and with Tory Burch, I focused on sourcing and production, and learned the power of image and marketing. From an aesthetic point of view, I have always had my own sense of what I like, and decided to stay focused in my point of view.


    [email protected]: What’s your design philosophy behind the Kotur brand?
    FKM: Quality, style, individualty


    [email protected]: Where do you get your inspiration? Who/what inspires you when designing a bag?
    FKM: My friends are my muses…smart, interesting, incredible women.


    [email protected]: Tell us a little bit about your Fall Winter 2008 collection. Which is your favorite bag?
    FKM: I love the feather Joret bag, and the J.B.Renna Cracked Mirror Miniaudiere, they are my favorites. As for the collection, I love the workmanship of the bags and the slightly bohemian, but refined attitude each bag has.


    [email protected]: What’s your favorite purse trend for fall?
    FKM: I always love a bit of exotic texture and detail.


    [email protected]: Do you ever read fashion blog reviews and comments?
    FKM: Not my own, but I always like to keep up with what people have on their minds and new ideas.


    [email protected]: What bag are you carrying today?
    FKM: A python Mortimer tote- I have it in 8 colors….


    [email protected]: What items are in your bag at this moment?
    FKM: The usual blend of high tech and low tech: iphone, blackberry and Hong Kong cell phone. I also have my Hermes date book, a sketch pad, my wallet, a fountain pen and automatic pencil and my La Mer lip balm and red hots.


    [email protected]: Who are your style icons?
    FKM: Camilla Bell and Olya Thompson - I am so inspired by their natural style sensibilities.


    [email protected]: As a handbag designer you must constantly be busy. What do you do to relax and clear your thoughts?
    FKM: I retire to my library of art books and read.


    [email protected]: Where’s your favorite place to shop?
    FKM: Maxwell in LA, 10 Corso Como in Milan and Loveless in Tokyo.


    [email protected]: If you weren’t a handbag designer and had to choose any other job, what would it be?
    FKM: I would love to attempt a life as a sculptor.


    [email protected]: What other designers out there do you admire?
    FKM: Alber Elbaz, Nathan Jenden


    [email protected]: In the beginning you started out making limited edition brocade clutches, since then you’ve added gorgeous minaudieres, evening clutches and handbags, but what’s next for the Kotur brand?
    FKM: Who knows- each idea has grown organically…perhaps jewelry…
    Here are a few beauties from her current collection:


    J.B. Renna Ayers Snakeskin Clutch

    J.B. Renna Ayers Snakeskin Clutch

    D’Abo Acacia Ayers Snakeskin Clutch

    Large Wallace Courier

    Large Wallace Voyager

    Mortimer Python Tote :wub:

    Pfeifle Snakeskin Foldable Tote

    Today you can find her beautiful creations at Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Scoop in New York, Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong, London and Dubai, and Browns in London.


    Online shoppers, checkout Singer22, PinkMascara, Vivre, and of course Koturltd.com

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    Default Re: Interview with Handbag Designer: Fiona Kotur Marin

    Nice interview!

    I like the Large Wallace Courier!:wub:
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    Default Re: Interview with Handbag Designer: Fiona Kotur Marin

    Awesome interview! I the snakeskin clutches!

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    Default Re: Interview with Handbag Designer: Fiona Kotur Marin

    The ones above are my absolute favorites

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    Default Re: Interview with Handbag Designer: Fiona Kotur Marin

    Here's a couple more images:
















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    Default Re: Interview with Handbag Designer: Fiona Kotur Marin

    OMG.. I love her snakeskin items!!!!!!!! I need to check her out!

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    Default Re: Interview with Handbag Designer: Fiona Kotur Marin

    Did you get any of her bags, Jennifer? LOL!

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    Default Re: Interview with Handbag Designer: Fiona Kotur Marin



    I really like the Croc Small Wallace!!:wub:
    W I S H ♥ L I S T
    Loving my collection!

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    Default Re: Interview with Handbag Designer: Fiona Kotur Marin

    I like the wallace courier, especially in the red patent.

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    Default Re: Interview with Handbag Designer: Fiona Kotur Marin

    Loved the interview Jennifer!

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    Default Re: Interview with Handbag Designer: Fiona Kotur Marin

    Awesome Interview... and her pieces are truly gorgeous... I can spot many pieces I want...

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    Default Re: Interview with Handbag Designer: Fiona Kotur Marin

    love it! ideeli had a kotur sale a couple months ago. i love her pieces.
    Wishlist: get out of debt

    so totally :banned2:


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    Default Re: Interview with Handbag Designer: Fiona Kotur Marin

    Nice interview, and im loving the patent voyager so much!!!

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