About two years ago, while looking for some furniture to decorate her new apartment, Kelly looked for some inspiration on her childhood memories. Born and raised in Brazil, her house was decorated with the most natural and beautiful elements sourced from different art studios. Everything was handcrafted by the most skilled local artists. From carved wood beds and tables to hand weaved French cane chairs. French cane has always been Kelly's favorite furniture pattern. A mix of sophistication, versatility and timelessness.
At that time, the idea of transforming the French cane into handbags came to her mind, and she decided to search through the web to check if there were any bags available made with that material. She could not find any. From there, the design idea started to develop.
Kelly grew up in a family of four girls. Her grandfather was a male clothing designer and tailor. One of Kelly's most proud sayings is: "His tailoring was so perfect that anyone could wear his designs inside out and no one would even notice it". Kelly would spend hours just watching her grandfather come out with a design, take measurements, cut the fabric and sew the pieces into his masterpiece.
Kelly's father was also involved in the fashion industry. He was a businessman who owned a textile distribution company. "I grew up running around rolls of fabric and at the age of seven, I could name most of them. I was always looking for that left over piece of fabric that I could be allowed to use to make my dolls some clothes".
The French Cane Collection is Kelly's Debut as a designer. It is a tribute to her childhood memories. This luxury collection evokes timeless elegance with impeccable quality and painstaking techniques.
Kelly Bhopale's signature handbags are handmade in New York City. She crafts her bags using only the highest quality fabrics, sourced directly from France and Italy.
When Kelly gets inspired, she sketches to get the ideas flowing. Then she creates miniatures handmade bags in paper to see how the 3D version would look like. That also helps her test functionality and develop one-of-a-kind closures and constructions.
Bespoke Textiles and Accessories
These luxurious leathers, silks, cane, and hardware pieces are curated from France and Italy. Each piece is hand selected to create the highest quality product possible. Kelly Bhopale designs are timeless both in design and construction.
Artisanal, heirloom Quality Production
Working in partnership with a bespoke manufacturing studio, Kelly and the team transform the miniature paper models into custom patterns. Every bag is hand made to order in New York City with passion in every stitch. Kelly oversees every bag to ensure nothing but the best for her customers.