Category - Brands

1
KisaKisa Clutches Create Buzz Among Houston’s Fashionable Set
2
Cactus Clutches and Other Accessories by Madalyn Nault
3
Steve Guthrie – When Contemporary Meets Vintage

KisaKisa Clutches Create Buzz Among Houston’s Fashionable Set

Kisa Williams’ round clutches have the fashionable crowd in Houston buzzing. Williams launched her brand- KisaKisa in 2015 and creates round statement clutches in a variety of prints and colors. She has an intense passion for what she does, and pours her heart into her work. Every clutch is handmade in Houston. I very recently commissioned her to do a custom piece for me, inspired by cactus, the desert, and the Southwest. I just received my bag and OHMIGOODNESS…. she NAILED it! I just can’t sing enough praise for her talent and an eye for something DIFFERENT!

Below are photos of the handbag in the desert. I thought it was only fitting, as desert and cacti/Southwest go hand-in-hand…

KisaKisa Cactus Clutch, made in Houston, Southwest print, desert, mountains

KisaKisa Cactus Clutch, made in Houston, Southwest print, desert, mountains

KisaKisa Cactus Clutch, made in Houston, Southwest print, desert, mountains

KisaKisa Cactus Clutch, made in Houston, Southwest print, desert, mountains

KisaKisa Cactus Clutch, made in Houston, Southwest print, desert, mountains

KisaKisa Cactus Clutch, made in Houston, Southwest print, desert, mountains

KisaKisa Cactus Clutch, made in Houston, Southwest print, desert, mountains

KisaKisa Cactus Clutch, made in Houston, Southwest print, desert, mountains

KisaKisa Cactus Clutch, made in Houston, Southwest print, desert, mountains

KisaKisa Cactus Clutch, made in Houston, Southwest print, desert, mountains

LAFashionsnob: Tell me a little about yourself…

Kisa: I’m from Austin, Texas. I moved to Houston in 2001 when I transferred with my job, Houston Board of Realtors. I can remember sitting on my mom’s bed in my PJs, watching her get dressed. It was like an art form. She had pride in the way she looked. Everything was perfect, from her hose, to her lipstick that matched her handbag and shoes. I can remember her having so much jewelry; and she would allow me to try it on and play dress up. That is where my love of accessories was born. Since I was a sick child, she made sure I had other activities to do besides going outside to play. So she drowned me in markers, colored paper, glue, and glitter; and I had the big pack crayons with the sharpener on the side. I can remember I had a Scooby Doo coloring book. I felt so sad for them [the characters] because they were in the same outfits all the time. So I colored Velma Dinkley’s outfit different, I made her turtleneck purple with small pink and yellow flowers. Her A-line skirt was boring, so I colored it black and white polka dots. Her socks matched the yellow flowers in her sweater. I also gave her gold glitter shoes.

I decided to go back to school late in my life, my 40’s. I have had many other jobs: real estate, nanny, clerical, and I was even a foster mom for awhile. I felt like I had a creative side, but just didn’t know how to express it. HCC [Houston Community College] showed me how to tap into my creative side and do something spectacular. I owe everything to them. The professors not only teach you, but they mentor you as well. I’m not a number, I’m KISA. I can remember sitting across the table from my professor at Chili’s on 59, and pulling out my badly made sample handbag to show her. She was like, ‘OMG I love it!’ She advised me on the size of the bag and other minor changes that I made.

LAFashionsnob: Speaking of handbags, what inspired you to start making the clutches?

Kisa: I have always been a handbag girl. I would often be asked, “Where did you get that bag?” The first chance I got, I took a handbag class with Professor Ken Simmons at HCC, and that is where it all started. I took a very simple concept and made it my own. I owe a lot to Simmons. I’m going to name a bag after him.

LAFashionsnob: Why are the clutches in the shape that they are?

Kisa: I did know at first why I was drawn to the circle, but while having lunch with a close friend- Sarah Shah, she pointed out to me that the circle is the shape of a sickle cell. I was born with Sickle Cell Anemia, the disease causes my red blood cells to be in the shape of a sickle. When the bag is open, it is the shape of a normal blood cell. There is no cure for the disease… YET. I hope to being awareness and raise money with a signature red bag.

LAFashionsnob: What makes your handbags unique?

Kisa: My bags are unique because they are circles, and made out of fabric, not leather. I was so tired of seeing square and rectangular shaped bags. I wanted to do something different. I mix colors and fabrics in a unique way, something different than black and brown.

LAFashionsnob: Where can we find your handbags?

Kisa: www.kisakisafashion.com, @kisakisafashion, Pinterest, and Mio Boutique on Westheimer in Houston.

KisaKisa clutch, fashion, style, Houston made clutch

KisaKisa clutch, fashion, style, Houston made clutch

KisaKisa clutch, fashion, style, Houston made clutchKisaKisa clutch, fashion, style, Houston made clutch

KisaKisa clutch, fashion, style, Houston made clutch

KisaKisa clutch, fashion, style, Houston made clutch

Cactus Clutches and Other Accessories by Madalyn Nault

Cactus | Blogger | KLM Photography

There are many things in life that make me giddy… Vintage, the desert, estate sales…and cacti. Now, by cacti, I am indeed referring to the desert plant…but also all the cacti decor and accessories that have been popping up everywhere lately.

Cactus | Blogger | KLM Photography

Cactus | Blogger | KLM Photography

I was introduced to Madalyn Nault’s version of cute cactus clutches via Instagram, and immediately fell in love with them. I was able to meet the Phoenix based maker a couple months ago, at her studio. She showed me her quaint workspace, complete with a vintage sewing machine and piles of fabric neatly stacked in shelving. I also saw some of her other handbag and wallet designs. When I was choosing which cactus clutch I wanted, I had a very difficult time choosing because not all the cacti designs were the same. Once my clutch was chosen, Madalyn and I had a brief chat about her brand.

LAFS: How did you get started?

MN: I’ve been sewing since I was very little. I would sew doll clothes or make little stuffed animals or pillows, and other random stuff. When I got into high school, I was really awkward and wanted to be super punk rock…so nothing was ever cool enough. I started just making purses for myself that I could put band patches on. When I started doing that, I would have friends asking me to make them bags, and then it just organically grew from there; until what my brand is today. As I grew up, and my style changed, so did what I made. It’s been a long process. Probably within the past three to four years is when my brand became a “brand,” and I just stumbled into it. I just started making a style and it stuck, and people recognized the style. It’s the craziest thing to me — that people can recognize my brand. I don’t take it for granted because I think it’s the coolest thing ever!

LAFS: When was your official launch?

MN: The brand just organically grew. I’ve been doing shows ever since I moved to Arizona, probably about seven or eight years ago. I’ve never really had an official start date, it just all of a sudden worked.

LAFS: Materials used?

MN: I get a lot of hand-me-down fabrics. My parents live in a retirement community. My mom and my friends’ friends know that I sew, so I’ve had instances where my friends would say, “Oh my mom is moving out of her house, so I’m going to give you 15 boxes of fabric,” or “Oh, does Madalyn want this?”and it’s a stack of awesome fabrics. But there’s a couple unique fabric stores here that I go to. They get what they get, which I love, because sometimes I can make a handful of purses out of it; or sometimes I can only make one. Sometimes it is vintage, depending on where I find it and how it gets to me, but sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it looks vintage and sometimes it’s not. I usually will tell people if I’ve made something that’s made out of vintage fabric, because I think it makes it extra cool.

LAFS: What makes the Madalyn Nault Accessories brand unique?

MN: My brand is 100% unique, even if I make the same thing, something about it is different. Every single piece I make it unique, whether it’s the lining, pocket inside…something about it is different. I pick all these different fabrics and sometimes I can never get them again. Sometimes they’re vintage and sometimes it’s the way I paired them… You’re not going to see anyone else carry the same bag as you.

LAFS: Do you have any best sellers?

MN: Classic color combinations, wallets, cactus clutches… Though it’s hard to pinpoint best sellers because I do each piece so differently.

LAFS: Price range?

MN: Wallets start at $15, and then clutches, depending on size and materials…the most I’ve gone up to was $65. The clutches are usually between the $30 and $45 range.

If you are a Phoenix/Arizona local, you can find Madalyn Nault Accessories at the following: Frances Vintage, The Roose, Copper Whale in Prescott, PHX Flea, Pineapple Triangle/AZ Share That You Care, Crafeteria, and Festivus at Phoenix Public Market.

You can also find her on INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, and her WEBSITE.

Cactus | Blogger | KLM Photography

Cactus | Blogger | KLM Photography

Cactus | Blogger | KLM Photography

Cactus | Blogger | KLM Photography

** Images (of me) by KLM Photo **

(Vintage Cactus Dress- MRS Couture, Vintage Concho Belt + Tribal Belt- thrifted, Vintage Heels- Deja Vu Fashions Resale Shop, Sunglasses- random vendor, Cactus Clutch- Madalyn Nault Accessories.)

Madalyn Nault Accessories | supplies | Phoenix maker

Madalyn Nault Accessories | supplies | fabric | sewing machine | Phoenix maker

Madalyn Nault | fabric pile | Phoenix maker

Madalyn Nault workspace | Phoenix maker | sewing machine

Madalyn Nault | handmade clutches | Phoenix maker

Madalyn Nault | handmade clutches | Phoenix maker

Madalyn Nault | handmade clutches | Phoenix maker

Madalyn Nault | handmade clutches | Phoenix maker

Steve Guthrie – When Contemporary Meets Vintage

I first met Houston designer- Steve Guthrie during a Kaleidoscope meeting not so long ago. I had really admired his classic design aesthetic and strong desire to keep manufacturing local.

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / black cape

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / black cape

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / black cape

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / black cape

** Black Cotton/Lycra Pique Cape by Steve Guthrie **

Guthrie, a native Texan and part Chickasaw, had always been inspired by the women in his family. These women were seamtresses, costume makers, and boutique owners. From an early age (and thanks to his fashion-savvy genes), he was constructing his own designs. Years later, he studied fashion design at Houston Community College, followed by continuing his design and construction education at Academy of Art University.

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / dress

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / dress

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / dress

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / dress

** Silver Jacquard with Black Cotton Pique Shift Dress with Ruffle Placket (similar) by Steve Guthrie **

Steve made his official debut as a designer in 2009, under the brand name- 4th Ward. It was during that time that he created custom cocktail and formal wear for local and national clientele. He focused on creating one-of-a-kind pieces that were made from alternative and renewable fabrics, but were also practical and wearable. Fast forward to Black Friday 2015- he debuted his contemporary womenswear that we know and love today.

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / crop top / pants

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / crop top / pants

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / crop top

** Black Cotton Pique High-Waist Cigarette Pants + Crop Top by Steve Guthrie **

Steve further explains his brand, “My garments are staples that augment any woman’s wardrobe. They are also made to fit real women, not just smaller sizes. My inspiration comes from the women in my life, both past and current. Though the overall aesthetic hovers around the 1950s and 60s, my goal is to create timeless silhouettes and garments that women want to wear over and over. Most of the designs are meant to span more than one season.The fabrics are selected so that they can be worn fall and spring, for spring and summer, etc. They should be part of each person’s own fashion statement, not just the way they are styled by me. The silhouette is classic. The fabrics standout because of their textures and patterns. The textiles are light and breathable and are selected because they allow women in tropical climates / southern US cities to obtain fall and spring fashions that are more complex through layering.”

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / pencil skirt

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / pencil skirt

** Gold Chenille Jacquard High-Waist Pencil Skirt by Steve Guthrie **

Why Houston (instead of a major fashion city, like LA or New York)? “In 2014, I worked as an assistant designer for Mansoor Scott, a contemporary womenswear line based in San Francisco. The manufactured garment industry made an impression on me and as a result, my focus has turned to reproducing a similar venture here in Houston. My goal is to produce well-made, classic garments using local resources that will continue to grow the fashion industry in Houston, Texas. As a professor in the Houston Community College COE for Consumer Arts and Sciences
(Fashion Design and Merchandising) it’s important for me to help build a fashion industry in Houston that will allow my students to thrive as designers, sewers, merchandisers, etc. locally – without the need to move away.”

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / floral print skirt

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / floral print skirt

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / floral print skirt

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / floral print skirt

** Shorts with sheer Floral Print Skirt Overlay by Steve Guthrie **

My collaboration with Steve’s brand proves that you can also mix in vintage or get creative by mixing in pieces from your own closet. I loved everything that I wore, especially the cape, cigarette pants, and pencil skirt. I was easily able to layer when needed, and when not to. I also felt that his clothing really didn’t need a lot of accessorizing either, the garments just ‘spoke’ by themselves. This first collection was to me, a huge success, and I’m excited to see what the Steve Guthrie brand does next!

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / pencil skirt / cape

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / pencil skirt / cape

Steve Guthrie / Houston brand / Texas designer / pencil skirt / cape

** Gold Chenille Jacquard Cape + Silver Jacquard High-Waist Pencil Skirt (similar) by Steve Guthrie **

** Images by Sofia Emm, Hair and Make-Up by Faith Haller **

The garments are sold ONLINE and through selected
boutiques via trunk shows and pop-ups.

Copyright © 2013. Created by Meks. Powered by WordPress.