While the world focuses on South Korea at the Olympics, it’s fitting to celebrate the line of a local Korean-born fashion star of our own. This week, Seattle handbag designer Kacy Yom launched her self-titled luxury handbag line here with a soiree and trunk show at The Four Seasons Seattle.
Yom is no stranger to the handbag business. Her love of luxury handbags began with her mother, who has had a love and appreciation for well-made, gorgeous handbags. In 2005 Kacy Yom launched Arm Candy in Ballard, a collection of original and luxury bags from handpicked designers.
When Arm Candy closed, Yom focused on creating a unique line of handbags of her own. After careful research to find a factory that met her standards for her designs, Yom chose a small, family-owned factory in the Tuscany region of Italy. It specializes in generations-old traditions of leather crafting and design and was a perfect fit for her debut collection.
The collection, Soh-Lee, 소리, “Voice or Sound” in Korean, features a structured yet feminine collection that is versatile and contemporary.
“I always found inspiration in contrasting elements, and it’s visible in my design,” says Yom. “My first collection is distinctly modern, bold, yet soft and sophisticated.”
Each bag is hand-crafted Italian leather finished with signature custom hardware and stain-resistant micro-suede lining. Detachable shoulder straps can alter the bag from a cross body or shoulder bag to a hand-held piece. It can easily take you from a busy day to cocktail hour.
In a time when fast fashion and an endless stream of what is “new-and-next” bombards our inboxes, it is a welcome change to celebrate the fruit of a local creative’s passion—a perennially beautiful bag collection that shows us what quality over quantity can look like.
Prices for the collection range from $200 for the “Bit-Na” leather wallet to $1,100 for the “Bo- Ah” signature tote. In addition to Seattle trunk shows, KACYYOM handbags can be found in The Spa at Four Seasons and online at www.kacyyom.com.