Kayu’s Elena, a woven wicker bag with leather magnetic flap, is available in natural and white, $205.
Wicker is a go-to for resortwear looks, with plenty of fashion houses getting in on the woven action.
Right here in our backyard, Burlingame-based Kayu is featuring the material in its spring/summer 2018 collection. Among the options is the Lucie, boasting a blush leather panel and handle, as well as a drawstring lining; and the Mia box bag that’s finished off with a turnlock closure and cotton rope handles.
Other natural fibers also figure prominently in Kayu’s latest carriers: the Amelia, a raffia clutch with an embroidered floral pattern, fringe detailing and an optional chain strap; straw clutches that are available in simple or embellished varieties (think tassels and stripes); and Ciao, an abaca tote stitched with the Italian greeting.
Kayu founder Jamie Lim notes that Italy was a source of inspiration for the line—“from the charming village of Positano to the bustling city of Rome,” she says. “Pops of red and pink, gelato imagery and intricate embroidery adorn our bags.” For those wanting to inject a whimsical note in their wardrobes, consider the clutches handpainted with fun fruit shapes. The collection hits the Kayu store shelves—as well as its website and retailers—this month.
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Originally published in the March/April issue of Silicon Valley