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How it all started KAAI was founded in 2017 in Antwerp, Belgium, by Ine Verhaert and Helga Meersmans who set out to reimagine the perfect work-life bag for the eclectic woman with exquisite style standards. Before, the duo spent a lot of time travelling around the world. Rushing from one meeting to the next during their corporate careers. Their main companions: a laptop, a mobile phone, lots of paperwork, and women’s essentials, all stuffed into their handbags. Desperately looking for a stylish bag to complement their active lifestyles, they knew they could do better. So they got a handle (pun intended) on their idea: creating a new bag concept for women on the go. Capturing the ongoing energy of the city and the ever-moving water of Antwerp, KAAI (meaning ‘the quay’ in Dutch) symbolises the fluidity of modern women, going places. By women, for women We take inspiration from the lives and desires of successful modern women. From in-depth interviews with active women, discussing their relationships with their bags we discovered that women are: ‣ irritated by the chaos in their fashionable but often impractical handbags, ‣ bored with the masculine looks of their workbags. KAAI brings change by creating bags that are both functional and fashionable, feminine and fearless. We empower women to follow their ambitions. On their terms —without compromises.
Sophisticated simplicity Drawing inspiration from the colours and pure graphic lines of Art Deco, we reinterpret this era’s timeless allure into magically modern, minimalist handbags with forever appeal. Both contemporary and utterly covetable, we design for a variety of occasions. From casual to formal, from day to night. Handcrafted to the highest standards, all our products are refined and reliable. That uncompromising commitment to quality and exceptional attention to details and textures are at the heart of everything we do. We source only the finest, most enduring materials . Our collection is made of Italian leather, treated with an innovative technology which makes it resistant to scratches, water and sun rays, to create bags that survive the daily grind. The luxury interior of our bags is lined with velvet suede in the signature KAAI blue to protect everything women place inside. Wholesale E: helga.meersmans@kaai.eu P: +32473228503 Photo credit: Courtesy of KAAI