ABOUT KALAMARIE

Our Story

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WHO WE ARE

Kalamarie is a New York-and-London-based brand of fashion accessories.

We are two sisters who came up with the idea for this brand rather incidentally one day, whilst having lunch together.

Both successful professionals, we had each been through the experience of departing from the loving family home to make our lives in foreign countries. We felt the urge to design fashion accessories evocative of the city in which we were born… the ancient Calamarí, now Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, South America.

In creating this brand, we have explored and relived our memories of growing up in mystical, magical Cartagena.

We hope you enjoy your shopping experience and wearing our products as much as we have enjoyed making them for you.

Thank you for visiting.

K&M xx

INSPIRATION

Kalamarie is a New York and London-based handbag and women’s accessories’ brand.

We make our accessories from only the finest materials. Carefully sourced, lovingly treated, masterfully crafted.

We are two sisters who came up with the idea for this brand rather incidentally one day, whilst having lunch together.

Both successful professionals, we had each been through the experience of departing from the loving family home to make our lives in foreign countries. We felt the urge to create something beautiful and unique, like the city in which we were born… the ancient Calamarí, now Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, South America.

The Concept
Behind Kalamarie

Our accessories are inspired in the architecture and feel of Cartagena. With our products we want to reflect a fusion of the mystical, colonial city that is Cartagena, and our experiences of living as professionals in Europe and the US. We believe in fashion that is flexible and adaptable, and our accessories are conceived with the idea that you can wear them from day to eve, for work and for fun; and that, far from being mere accessories, they elevate your style.

The Concept
Behind

Our brand is a fusion of the mystical, colonial city that inspired us, with our experiences of living as professionals in the west. We want to bring to you accessories that portray utmost sophistication, and yet that have a modern, urban edge.

We hope you enjoy wearing our accessories as much as we have enjoyed making them for you.

Thank you for visiting. We hope you enjoy your shopping experience with us.

K&M xx

OUR DESIGNS AND MATERIALS

Ethical
Luxury

We like to think of our accessories as sensory objects. We use different materials, textures and colours to entice the senses and create more of a fashion experience than a fashion object. The interior of one of our handbags offers complex detail and beautiful craftsmanship, with lively colours and textures and thought-through pockets and compartments.

On occasions, we use crocodile skin for our designs. Our crocodile leathers are entirely sourced by a local Colombian farm, under the auspices and strict controls of the Environmental Authority (Ministerio del Medio Ambiente de la República de Colombia). With the purchase of one of our croc accessories, you contribute to the preservation of this much-loved species.

KALAMARIE IS

Ethical
Luxury

Our exclusivity comes from our luxurious materials and expert handcraft. Our crocodile leathers are entirely sourced by a local Colombian farm, under the auspices and strict controls of the Environmental Authority (Ministerio del Medio Ambiente de la República de Colombia).

With the purchase of your product, you contribute to the preservation of this much-loved species.

Each piece is tagged with an individual number provided by the Authority, which guarantees that the production of the item was entirely compliant with the international CITES convention.

Sustainability and eco equilibrium are key to our providers and to us. We ensure that the farming and manufacturing processes are fair and humane. There is little or no waste in production, as the farm provides for its workers and the locals.

Each of our handbags is crafted by hand, with individually chosen, ethically sourced materials.

Where leather is used, each color has been hand developed.

We rely on the expert handcraft of local artisans, trained by an acclaimed Italian craftsman with four generations’ tradition and thirty years’ experience of producing leather accessories for only the best in the business.

Our trademark gecko, as featured on our products, inspired by the ornate door knockers of the vibrantly-coloured colonial houses of Cartagena, is gold-plated in Colombian gold.

We work side by side with our artisans in the processes of design and production. Our team of craftsmen are a family business, as much as we are, and we work in close partnership.

Handmade
brand

Each of our handbags is crafted by hand, with individually chosen, ethically sourced, crocodile leather and smooth leather. Each color has been hand developed. We rely on the expert handcraft of local artisans, trained by an acclaimed Italian craftsman with four generations’ tradition and thirty years’ experience of producing for only the best in the business.

Our trademark gecko, as featured on our Heritage products, is inspired by the ornate door knockers of the vibrantly-coloured colonial houses of Cartagena.

Our dust bags are also handmade and embroidered locally in Colombia.

We periodically work side by side with each of our artisans in the process of design and production. Our providers are a family business just as much as we are and we work in close partnership.