Haute Ko­tur

Ac­ces­sories de­signer, vin­tage jew­ellery col­lec­tor and mother-of-four Fiona Ko­tur gives us a glimpse into her won­drous world of style

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Ac­ces­sories de­signer, vin­tage jew­ellery col­lec­tor and mother of four Fiona Ko­tur gives us a glimpse into her world of style

My back­ground has al­ways been in de­sign and mer­chan­dis­ing. I worked at Ralph Lau­ren for many years over­see­ing men’s and women’s ac­ces­sories, and even­tu­ally moved over to Gap.

In 2002, my fam­ily and I moved to Hong Kong from New York; I set up Ko­tur a few years later. I’ve al­ways dreamed of hav­ing my own la­bel, and I love the process of de­sign and prod­uct de­vel­op­ment. Be­ing so close to the man­u­fac­tur­ing source is a great ad­van­tage.

My pen­chant for bags is that they should be fun, and have a sense of cre­ativ­ity and in­di­vid­u­al­ity be­hind them. Our bags are named af­ter muses and friends of the brand—ko­tur rep­re­sents con­fi­dence and per­sonal style.

I’m a big vin­tage shop­per and col­lec­tor. of vin­tage hand­bags, ev­ery­thing from Whit­ingI have& Davis’a col­lec­tion­ster­ling mesh ev­ery­thing pouch­esis like to a quirky piece paintedof art. bags from Enid Collins—

A vin­tage doc­tor’s bag I bought at a Paris flea mar­ket when I was 18 years old later be­came the pro­to­type for one of the first bags I de­signed for my la­bel. Vin­tage jew­ellery is an­other weak­ness of mine, es­pe­cially sil­ver and turquoise Na­tive Amer­i­can pieces—specif­i­cally from the Navaho and Zuni tribes—as well as jew­ellery from Jaipur’s Gem Palace. I al­ways fre­quent the flea mar­kets in New York and Paris when I’m in town, and I also check 1stdibs on­line.

My style icon is Diana Vree­land. She had this com­pletely unique and un­apolo­getic ap­proach to ev­ery as­pect of her life. She had a sense of mis­chief and ir­rev­er­ence that was so bold and ad­mirable.

I love women who aren’t afraid to make their own style state­ments. When it comes to de­sign, no­body said it bet­ter than Vree­land: “Give ’em what they never knew they wanted!”

An­other woman I ad­mire greatly is my mother. She al­ways serves as a muse for cre­ativ­ity, and has a long history in art and de­sign. She grew up in Lon­don, worked as a de­signer with Chris­tian Dior in Paris and later worked as a fash­ion il­lus­tra­tor in New York. She con­tin­ues to il­lus­trate for Ko­tur.

When it comes to my own wardrobe, I tend to go for mod­ern clas­sics and dress them up with ac­ces­sories. Ready-to-wear from Cé­line and Chloé, heels from Alexan­der Wang and a couple of Ver­dura cuffs—that’s my fail-safe look.

Travel is a con­stant source of in­spi­ra­tion when it comes to my de­signs. The spring 2016 col­lec­tion draws ref­er­ences from the Mediter­ranean is­lands; the laid-back yet pol­ished glam­our of Capri, Mykonos and Ibiza in­spired the graph­ics and cool colour­ways.

I’m al­ways a lit­tle star-struck when I see ac­tresses or celebri­ties with Ko­tur bags and heels on the red car­pet. Bey­oncé, Jen­nifer Lopez and Scar­lett Jo­hans­son have car­ried our bags re­cently, and Jes­sica Alba has bought our shoes and worn them on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions.

STRIKE GOLD From left: Fiona Ko­tur at her of­fice in She­ung Wan; clutches from her lat­est col­lec­tion

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