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Fun-Loving Handcrafted Bags Sewn With Love
10th September 2010

SYDNEY: From the humble beginnings of self taught bag designer to an emerging brand making its mark in the global Indie Handmade market, Kikay Designs is handcrafted bags sewn one at a time.

“The one thing I always get asked is, what does Kikay mean?” Designer, Monique, of the Kikay Designs label reflects. Kikay (pronounced “kee-kai”) is derived from the Filipino slang term for a fun-loving girl. “And that’s who my bags are for.”

Founded in a small, Sydney studio, Kikay Designs produces beautiful handcrafted bags, marrying the personality and vibrancy of cities like Sydney with the personality of the label’s namesake. And, with customers from global cities such as the European home of bohemia, Berlin, these bags find homes with the Kikay girl anywhere in the world.

Monique is a self taught designer, from creating patterns to learning how to sew, and she believes her designs are gradually evolving and always improving. She finds inspiration from her own personal creativity and the art she encounters from all aspects of her life. The handcrafted bags come in an array of playful colours and prints, hardly seen in mainstream designs. As Monique says, “We are all individuals that's why at Kikay, we make bags as individual as you are! And as the designer, I don’t follow fads and I’d rather make bags that people can love for a long time.”

For this reason, Kikay Designs offer limited editions, one-off designs and custom designed bags. Each bag is individually handmade, one at a time, to ensure that strict attention to detail is given to each product. With styles ranging from messenger bags to totes to hobos and clutches, Kikay Designs has the perfect bag for every Kikay girl.


You can also find Kikay Designs at these handmade online selling venues:
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About Kikay Designs:
It all started when Monique’s daughter’s sewing machine was gathering dust in a corner. With an interest in art and handmade items, Monique saw this as the perfect opportunity to embrace her creative flair. Her love for beautiful, unique and one-off pieces led her to start designing bags in April 2007, and in June of the same year, the first Kikay Designs bag was sold.

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