About Katie Kalsi
“There’s no better feeling than doing what you love.”
Katie Kalsi has a passion for art. Her creative spirit was evident in illustrations and paintings she created throughout her childhood. Growing up in Memphis, she fueled her creative fires with sewing, jewelry and art projects. Today, her passion finds purpose in the wearable art that defines her unique and successful handbag brand.
Kalsi’s first handbag debuted in 2003 after she spent years expressing her creativity on canvas. She combined her painting and sewing skills to produce 23 hobo-style bags that were set off by hand-painted - and interchangeable - leather straps. The versatility of each bag encouraged individuals to express their personal style.
Kalsi kept a bag for herself and distributed the rest to family and friends. The style of the bags, combined with the artistic straps, perfectly blended Kalsi’s passion for beauty and function. The handbags quickly became favorites of those who carried them and soon thereafter, Kalsi was fielding requests for handbags from individuals and area boutiques, alike.
Kalsi values the critical role her family, friends and heritage play in her success. In fact, she names each handbag style after friends or family members who offer on-going encouragement and inspiration. Kalsi’s office sprawls throughout her parents’ old, weathered barn in Tennessee. The barn and the surrounding environment - blending, comfort, durability and dynamic energy - serve as the perfect backdrop to foster her creativity.
Kalsi designs for women like her - mothers, daughters and faithful friends. Her bags are adored and carried by celebrities including Britney Spears, Priscilla Presley and Taylor Swift. The line features three hobo-style bags, as well as clutch, satchel and cross-body styles. Each bag, made in the USA, is crafted with luxe leathers, classic textures and vibrant colors that epitomize the free-spirited brand.
Kalsi’s dedication to her creative vision of wearable art and impeccable quality garners national recognition. Katie Kalsi handbags are a featured brand for the national retailer, Belk, Inc. Her styles are available for purchase in 16 southern states and on the store’s website (belk.com).
When Kalsi is not creating handbags, she volunteers with many charities across the Mid-South, including the Humane Society, St. Jude Children’s Hospital and the Women’s Foundation of Memphis. Kalsi graduated from the University of Mississippi and lives in Memphis with her two daughters, Sophie and Sadie. Kalsi enjoys painting and exploring her surroundings for new ideas.
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