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    Default Kotur Handbag Sample Sale @ Gilt Groupe (9/15)

    Hey guys, mark your calendars: Kotur Handbag Sample Sale @ Gilt Groupe is on monday (9/15)

    This is an invite only sample sale site.

    PM me and I'll let you in!!!

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    Default Re: Kotur Handbag Sample Sale @ Gilt Groupe (9/15)

    Last month I was lucky enough to conduct an interview with this designer:

    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:
    J@BB: 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.


    J@BB: 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.


    J@BB: What’s your design philosophy behind the Kotur brand?
    FKM: Quality, style, individualty


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


    J@BB: 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.


    J@BB: What’s your favorite purse trend for fall?
    FKM: I always love a bit of exotic texture and detail.


    J@BB: 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.


    J@BB: What bag are you carrying today?
    FKM: A python Mortimer tote- I have it in 8 colors….


    J@BB: 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.


    J@BB: Who are your style icons?
    FKM: Camilla Bell and Olya Thompson - I am so inspired by their natural style sensibilities.


    J@BB: 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.


    J@BB: Where’s your favorite place to shop?
    FKM: Maxwell in LA, 10 Corso Como in Milan and Loveless in Tokyo.


    J@BB: 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.


    J@BB: What other designers out there do you admire?
    FKM: Alber Elbaz, Nathan Jenden


    J@BB: 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: Kotur Handbag Sample Sale @ Gilt Groupe (9/15)

    oh friggin-A. i LOVE her stuff.
    Wishlist: get out of debt

    so totally :banned2:


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    Default Re: Kotur Handbag Sample Sale @ Gilt Groupe (9/15)

    Too bad you're on a ban... ...


    I really hope they have the Ayers (any version!!!) or the Wallace Courier..

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    Default Re: Kotur Handbag Sample Sale @ Gilt Groupe (9/15)

    ^ probably a good thing i'm on a ban... sigh i love the Ayers!!!
    Wishlist: get out of debt

    so totally :banned2:


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    Default Re: Kotur Handbag Sample Sale @ Gilt Groupe (9/15)

    i just spotted a JB Renna Ayers and a Wallace (but prob not the Courier) on the video!
    Wishlist: get out of debt

    so totally :banned2:


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    Default Re: Kotur Handbag Sample Sale @ Gilt Groupe (9/15)

    love the snakeskin foldable tote! beautiful bags!

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    Default Re: Kotur Handbag Sample Sale @ Gilt Groupe (9/15)

    I love clutches. Too bad it is snake skin.

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    Default Re: Kotur Handbag Sample Sale @ Gilt Groupe (9/15)

    Her collection is to die for! I love the blue snakeskin one.

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    Default Re: Kotur Handbag Sample Sale @ Gilt Groupe (9/15)

    ^ bump. Jennifer, sale starts in about 5 mins!
    Wishlist: get out of debt

    so totally :banned2:


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    Default Re: Kotur Handbag Sample Sale @ Gilt Groupe (9/15)

    Crap! I need a wakeup call or text, lol. I always forget mondays.

    (that would be such a cool idea.. "kotur sale starts in 10 min")

    browsing right now....



    did you see anything t1c?

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    Default Re: Kotur Handbag Sample Sale @ Gilt Groupe (9/15)

    ^ lol! you know, ideeli used to do texts. i think they're going to start doing it again eventually.

    some cute stuff but sort of expensive and i'm banned.
    Wishlist: get out of debt

    so totally :banned2:


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    Default Re: Kotur Handbag Sample Sale @ Gilt Groupe (9/15)

    I wish they had the Ayers long clutches at this sale.. or the Wallace


    next sale... lol

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