Ethan K

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

la­bel lover IN HIS SKIN As a fourth-gen­er­a­tion scion of Sin­ga­porean tan­nery Heng Long In­ter­na­tional, which pro­vides skins for lux­ury pow­er­houses such as Her­mès and LVMH, handbag de­signer Ethan Koh knows a thing or two about leather.

bags of am­bi­tion Koh grew up help­ing out in the fac­tory and made his first bag at the age of 13. In­tern­ships at Louis Vuit­ton and Her­mès were fol­lowed by stints at the Lon­don Col­lege of Fash­ion and Cen­tral Saint Mar­tins. In 2011, he launched his epony­mous brand.

CLEVER LEATHER Koh crafts minaudières from pre­mium crocodile and al­li­ga­tor skins dyed in bright colours. De­signs avoid flashy la­belling and Koh is tar­get­ing a su­per-high-end dis­cern­ing con­sumer. Eighty per cent of the busi­ness is fo­cused on be­spoke or­ders and Koh counts Saudi roy­alty among his clien­tele. Th­ese are bags for women who know their top-grade ex­otic crocs from their av­er­age al­li­ga­tors.

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