Free shipping to USA on orders over $150

Why do we use up-cycled leather ?

Posted by Caroline Charvet on

Leather is a very long-lasting material, it can last thousands of years. So, why should we produce new when we can up-cycle? 
Read more →

Come see 7 sustainable brands at The Shops at Columbus Circle

Posted by Caroline Charvet on

Pratt Institute and the The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA) have partnered with 360 Wellness  for “Wear the Future Here – Conscious Fashion for a Better Life.”  They have curated a showcase at The Shops at Columbus Circle to tell the stories of 7 apparel brands at the BF+DA, which we are proud to be part of! Each designer has a different story and business model that promotes sustainability and ethical practices in the apparel industry. 

Read more →

6 must-see designers showing during New York Market Week!

Posted by Crystalyn Brennan on

While visiting one of my stores in Seattle recently, the shopowner mentioned that it's hard to navigate New York's wholesale market week, because there isn't a map of their favorite brands in one place.  So we took it upon ourselves to help do exactly that!

Here's a peek at our favorite independent fashion designers showing this week in New York:

Read more →

a surprising way we make leather handbags more ethical

Posted by Crystalyn Brennan on

The guiding light of Crystalyn Kae Accessories is to create useful designs with luxurious materials that will stand the test of time.  


In the spirit of my first collection of bags beginning 17 years ago, that were made from vintage plaid wool pants, this Fall I have added rescued leather to my collection.  I see this as the next step in reducing waste and taking advantage of rare high-grade Italian leather in a responsible manner.


In New York City, the heart of American fashion manufacturing, I have access to a plentiful supply of exceptionally rare swatches, mill-end rolls, and even production leftovers from major designers and manufacturers. I have had the pleasure to collaborate with a local non-profit, Fab Scrap, to obtain my leather (and textiles) for my current collection.  

Watch a video of Crystalyn creating a pleated clutch from 100% reclaimed leather scrap here. . .and read the backstory of how it all began.

 

What do you think about using reclaimed leather in our collection? What other materials would you like to see us design with?

Read more →

a week in Harry Potter's Italian nunnery

Posted by Crystalyn Brennan on

All sacrilege aside, I truly cannot find a better way to describe the atmosphere of my exceptional residence this week.  Tucked just outside the city walls of San Miniato lies a 14th century monastic nunnery, Monastero di Santa Chiara, which will be our home base for the week while we explore the vegetable-tanned leather region of Tuscany.
Read more →

Behind the Scenes


About Crystalyn Kae

Crystalyn Kae Brennan Crystalyn is a handbag designer in Brooklyn, NY. Her sustainable luxury handbags are made in USA with ethically-sourced leather and unique vintage fabrics. Read more »


Popular Categories


Newsletter

Get updates and special offers.