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The March 2005 issue of North East Exclusive features an article on Kate Walton and her designer handbag collection HaveToHold.
Kate Walton is anything but a bag lady. With long gold hair and a sunkissed tan, her looks belong more on the catwalk than behind a sewing machine. possessing immense talent and killer looks and bags of fashion experience, Kate - a 23 year old graduate - has recently launched her new range of bewjewelled hanbags, HaveToHold, stocked in only the most exclusive outlets in the North East.
After working with Hugo Boss UK, Tracy Boyd and Beverly Cable PR, Kate felt she had gained the experience and creative vision to start her own label. After falling in love with accessories while studying for her degree at Northumbria University, she designed a range of bags which attracted a flurry of interest big name designers and renowned fashionistas (In particular Hilary Alexander of the Daily Telegraph) and led her to be nominated for the prestigious Topshop Accessory Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2004. With support from the Prince's Trust, The Arts Council and Project North East, she began to design and manufacture a range of soft leather and suede handbags, hand finished with vintage jewellery, which she buys when she trawls antique fairs up and down the country.
Kate is gorgeous, warm and instantly likeable. Surrounded by her bags and her face instantly glowing with excitement she looks as if shes walked straight out of the style pages of Vogue. It is clear she has an innate sense of style and a great eye for fashion, which shows in her work.
Her bags are simply beautiful. It is not suprising that her bags are already in great demand and sell out fast. Drawing inspiration from antiques and her travels, Kate's bags have a vintage bohemian feel, and like their designer they are incredibly feminine (Think Sienna Miller)
They come in all shapes and sizes, from clutch bags to big holdalls, and most importantly though they look delicate, they are suprisingly sturdy and spacious ideal for the cram-in-everything-you-possess mentality most of us are tortured by.
The colour palette for the new range fits in perfectly with this seasons key colours and prints coming in devine spring hues of aqua, lemon and coral.
The beauty is that each bag is individual and is totally unique to its owner. Each set of precious charms (tiny little keys, strings of pearls, and African inspired chunky beading) which dangles from each bag is chosen for each individual design, ensuring every bag is different. This all stems from Kate's original concept - a deeply held resolve to keep away from branding and logos, simply making bags that women really want.
The bags are completely irresistable and im currently coveting the most gorgeous gold saddle bag while already starting to save in time for the new spring range. It promises to be even more exciting when it arrives with vibrant colours and imported snakeskins (be still my beating heart!)
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