BRAND STORY

ABOUT KOTUR

Founded by Fiona Kotur in 2004, KOTUR is about bridging the gap between modern technique and traditional craftsmanship.

Our collections are comprised mainly of minaudieres and clutches, and we feel humbled every time we see one walk the Red Carpet, usually on the arm of a gorgeous starlet - we often quip that our little bags get out more than we do.

Not one to discriminate, the collection also offers larger bags like the classic Wallace and Mortimer which, thrillingly, have made appearances on our favorite shows, Gossip Girl and Lipstick Jungle, and have been carried by editors, including style doyen Andre Leon Talley, whose oversized custom Wallace accompanied him throughout New York Fashion Week.

Our evening bags are named after our Muses- women to whom we aspire, and who inspire our thought and imagination. Usually they are our personal friends, and each month we feature one of these Muses in our blog.

We love high-low, and feel that this is the best way to shop, dress, and structure your life, and live it to its fullest. We believe in offering bags in every collection in a wide range of prices, from around $300 to $3000, so we’re suggesting a select variety of styles with a KOTUR point of view for our customers’ chic, modern lifestyle.

So much of what we do, and what KOTUR is about, comes from the sense of discovery. Our relationships with creative sources, and with our inspiring customers, endlessly surprise and inspire us. With our customers especially, we love when they let us respond to not just what they need, but what they fancy…

ABOUT FIONA

Although I am in every sense a New Yorker, born, raised and educated in Manhattan, I love to travel away from the city. I am grateful that my career in fashion has led me all around the world, and eventually to Hong Kong; This is where I discovered the remarkable trove of vintage brocades from a mill owned by a 90 year old man, an extraordinary craftsman.

This treasured trove, and the remnants I acquired when the man retired, eventually inspired my business, which I call KOTUR, my maiden name.

The first collection in 2004- a kind of retro glamour combined with various exotic elements in a limited edition of brocade clutches- to my surprise, was picked up immediately by the world’s most prestigious retailers, Bergdorf Goodman and Scoop in New York, Browns in London, and Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong.

I grew up in a household in which art, design and creativity were revered. My mother is a painter, a wonderful fashion illustrator, and a noted interior decorator based in Manhattan, and she is incredibly chic in her own right. She kindly lends her talent to our seasonal collection illustrations. My sister has been a magazine editor throughout her career, spending 15 years at Vogue, and is now Creative Director at Town & Country.

My love affair with accessories was sparked by my mother’s almost ceremonial way of taking care of her shoes, jewelry and bags, even illustrating the tags on each box to show what was inside.

I graduated from Wellesley College and studied at Yale, and Parsons School of Design. My first job was with Ralph Lauren overseeing product design of handbags and other accessories, from there I went on to work for the Gap Inc. My career has offered a multitude of opportunities, but my time co-founding Tory Burch gave me a reason to explore so many exciting, off-the-beaten path sources in Asia, and which eventually lead me to where I am now.

With four gorgeous and very active sons, I often joke that my handbags are like my daughters.  After ten years of living between New York and Hong Kong, raising a family with my husband, and trying to grow a business, my thoughts turn to Nora Ephron’s wise words: "Two paths diverge in a wood, and we get to take them both". For that opportunity I am grateful.

By Fiona Kotur