A native of Virginia Beach, Kristin Paige started making accessories early on. At just eleven, she learned to sew with her very first project being a handbag made out of the back pockets of jeans. That day turned in to the beginning of a life-long journey.
In 2007, Kristin moved to New York City to study Accessories Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where her passion for handbags expanded with exposure to working with leather. After her senior internship with Rebecca Minkoff, she graduated with a BFA and took her first job designing handbags for Fossil. Having spent years designing accessories for some of America’s most loved brands including Coach, Lilly Pulitzer and Victoria’s Secret, Kristin felt a pull to go back to her roots and return to Virginia.
After attending a hand stitching workshop at RISD in 2016, Kristin set aside the sewing machines and began focusing on the ancient art of hand stitched leather goods. With two hands, two needles and thread, each item slowly takes form stitch by stitch. This process is tedious, but yields a durable stitch to extend the life of each product. From poking each stitch hole to burnishing the edges for a clean finish, each bag is made with attention to every detail. Using vegetable tanned leather and minimal hardware, the aesthetic of Kristin Paige accessories perfectly pairs with any outfit and any adventure!
Freelance designer by day, entrepreneur by night, Kristin spends most hours of the day immersed in the creative process. Inspired by anything from travel experiences to beautiful materials, new designs are created organically with no timeline to rush the process. Accessories have been her passion for two decades, and she’s excited to be sharing it with you!