Karen Milistver bags: For contemporary womenRefinement, simplicity and easiness are the main inspiration for up and coming designer Karen Milistver
Could you tell me something about your brand?
I have studied leather art and design at Eesti Kunstiakadeemia (Estonian Academy of Arts) in Tallinn and I spent a year studying fashion in Italy at Politecnico di Milano. I started my own bag brand in 2014, working more actively for the last year and a half.
I make two lines of bags and accessories. The ‘KatrinPiret’ is a collection of tote bags made for the contemporary working woman, who needs a capacious and elegant bag for her laptop and electronic devices but also with some space for her makeup and the like. This line also features crossbody bags in two different ‘mini’ sizes and there are plans to add a luxury party clutch to the collection. My other line is called ‘Ingrid’ and the mood is more folksy and bohemian.
How would you describe the fashion style of your products?
Sophistication, Chicness, Easywear, Minimalism, Elegance - these are my keywords. Very important to me are responsibly sourced leather, transparency, sustainability too. All my bags are handmade and personalized, half of my production is made of special orders. I like to work together with every customer and keep in mind their wishes and needs.
What kind of woman do you have in mind when designing a collection?
My bags are strong shaped, womanly soft, stylishly curvy, spacious and elegant. When I design my bags I think of women who possess a timeless elegance, who think that less is more.
Any future plans you would like to share with us?
I would like to put together a show this fall to introduce my bags to more people. Also I’m planning to take part in the Finnish Design Week. A proper website with an online store for my bags and fur jewellery is gonna also open in the next few weeks.
And I’m always open to different proposals and collaboration ideas. In the future, I would like to experiment more with retroreflective and glow-in-the-dark materials for example.