Holiday Highlight: Kasia Dietz Bags

kasia dietz bags-logoI am thrilled to present you with my first Holiday Highlight entrepreneur, Kasia of Kasia Dietz bags.  As I mentioned when I introduced the idea of supporting small business owners for Small Business Saturday, I am re-focusing my usual holiday giveaways activities and shifting attention to supporting some of my favorite small business owners who all happen to be friends, family or faithful blog readers.

I can’t think of anyone better to start with than Kasia, who exactly one year ago today launched her business in Paris!  Happy Anniversary Kasia!

Kasia and I have been blogging friends for quite a while and I was so lucky to meet her in Paris in October of 2010.  She has been regularly featured in many Saturday Sixes as well as guest-posts here and there. I gave away one of her bags last year during the holidays and knew I wanted to repeat the same and continue to support her business.

Oddly enough I had never interviewed Kasia about her business and I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight Kasia, her business, and her products.  She graciously agreed to answer some of my questions:

[MWA]: I know this is your second time around for your bag business, what inspired you the first time around, and how about the second?
[Kasia]: I started designing bags, (beginning with hand-painted collections inspired by my mom’s 1970′s designs) several years ago while working in advertising, to fulfill myself creatively. It was a side project that kept me inspired and in very little time the bags were selling in NY and LA boutiques as well as in Tokyo, where they were in high demand. (I was even interviewed by the Japanese press!)

All of this of course inspired me to continue pursuing my designing but my career became more demanding and I had to put my designing dreams on hold. Until Paris. I was immensely inspired by this fashion capitol and finally had the time to devote to my business. I set to work and through getting to know the city and it’s people while learning the language and culture, I designed new collections, including the hand-printed Paris Collection. Et voila! I re-launched my business.

[MWA]:  Your collections have two personalities, one that celebrates Paris and one that focuses on nature – what is your thought process there?
[Kasia]: I’ve always been drawn to minimalism in art and design, and where better to discover this than in nature. Some of the most simple and beautiful design comes from nature’s elements, thus my desire was to create bags that represent this purity of beauty.

My Paris collection too, is minimalist in design yet appeals to those who love Paris. These bags can equally speak to an individual’s personality, stating where they live or which part of Paris they prefer. In addition, the reversiblity element creates a playfulness mixed with sophistication.

[MWA]: Paris is no doubt one of THE fashion capitols of the world, did you feel any pressure bringing your business there?
[Kasia]: Staying in line with my design aesthetic and knowing that Parisiens are trendy yet timeless, I knew to keep my bags simple, unique and elegant.  As for finding success in this fashion capital, it certainly takes time to establish yourself in a city like Paris, but little by little I’m making my way, as I navigate locally with a global view. And always, I try to stay positive.

[MWA]: What do you love most about the creative process?
[Kasia]: When designing new collections, I have an emotional reaction to certain colors and fabrics. I allow this instinctual feeling to dictate. As for my hand-painted bags, it’s quite a lengthy process with lots of ideas circling a specific theme. What I love most is creating the final designs, with ink on canvas, and watching my ideas come to life. Without a doubt a creative high!

[MWA]: How are your bags distributed?
[Kasia}: In addition to selling my handbags via my online shop, they are sold in several multi-brand online shops featuring independent designers, including Swelle Boutique and Not On The High Street in the UK and Parisien Salon and Laure Nell in the US. I am also selling locally in select Paris boutiques and most recently at my favorite (and most exclusive) Paris department store Le Bon Marché which is a great honor!

Wow! That is fabulous news, congrats Kasia!

Blogging bud, Lindsey of Lost in Cheeseland also did a lovely little write-up on Kasia in her Franco File Friday as well as a Bitch Buzz post, check it out to learn more about this fashion maven!  You can also learn more about Kasia from her own blog, Love in the City of Lights.

At this point, how could you NOT want one of Kasia’s bags??!! Well….I’ve got one for one lucky person!

Kasia Dietz-b&w floral tote-insideI am giving away this reversible floral tote bag modeled her by the beautiful Kasia herself.

To enter, visit Kasia’s website and take a look at all her beautiful products, then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite was.

There are a few things I’d like you to do to assist this small business owner and if you do them, you can get extra entries to win the beautiful bag:

  • Follow Kasia Dietz Bags on Twitter

You have until midnight Sunday, December 11th to leave your comment and complete any extra entries you desire.  I will use Random.org to select the winner.

Good luck / Bonne chance !

 

Comments

  1. I like her on FB and follow her on Twitter! :)

  2. I love all of her products and the way she combines style, design and versatility. Although I’m partial to the Paris totes, I think my favourite right now is the black and white Retro Tote.

    All the best to you and Kasia this holiday season!

    (I also like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.)

  3. Robin Quick says:

    Visited Kasias site and my fav is the Sky Tote.

    mnrquick at yahoo dot com

  4. I really like this one: http://www.kasiadietz.com/productDetail.cfm?&prodID=68&catID=10&maincatID=2&start=1
    and I think I like the clutch of the same pattern even more!

    I don’t know…it just sings to me. What an amazing business story. Thanks for sharing.

  5. they are all great, but i love the bw floral clutch!

  6. Robin Quick says:

    I like Kasia Dietz bags on Facebook.
    Robin Quick
    mnrquick at yahoo dot com

  7. Robin Quick says:

    I follow Kasia Dietz Bags on Twitter
    RKQuick
    mnrquick at yahoo dot com

  8. I absolutely love Kasia’s Tribal and Retro series — I don’t think I could pick just one. I love them all! And of course the Paris handpainted ones are great! I would love to have one with my zip code of 75019.

    I need to find some more babysitting jobs before I can get one of these babies, though, so I am hoping I win the floral one! *grin*

    I’m very proud of what Kasia has accomplished in just one year. To find the level of success she has had with her bags in just 12 months is a testament not only to the quality of her bags, but also of her vision and hard work. Emphasis on HARD WORK. Go Kasia! I hope she finds even more success in her second year of business!

  9. P.S. I started following her both on Twitter and Liked her Kasia Dietz Facebook page a looooong time ago, so I don’t know if it counts for the entry or not. (But I hope it does!!)

  10. Addendum: I did not realize I was not following Kasia Dietz BAGS on Twitter, so I just started!! Now *that* counts, I believe! I’m @ParisKarin there. :)

  11. Huge Kasia Dietz fan here! So happy for her about the spot at Le Bon Marché!! Congrats!

  12. @MelissaP, me too!

  13. Love the Terra tote! So hip! Have Followed Kasia on Twitter for a long time, but now I’ve just followed Kasia Dietz Bags too.

  14. I love the “Sky Tote” and of course all the clever handpainted Paris & New York ones! :)

  15. My favorite is the retro tote in the black and white. I already follow her on Twitter!

  16. My favourite item is the Circle Bag :)

    Francesca
    francivusk at hotmail dot it

  17. I love the Blue Floral Tote from the Hamptons collection.

  18. I really enjoyed browsing through this website. the designs were all lovely. my favorites are the sea green floral mini tote, the red floral tote, the earth tote, sky clutch, and the rose bag.

    I liked kasia dietz on facebook and I follow on twitter.
    my fb name: alissa Kristie
    my twitter name: ohmissaliss

  19. APRIL TAYLOR says:

    I like the Floral Tote

  20. APRIL TAYLOR says:

    I follow Kasia Dietz Bags on Twitter

  21. Thank you for the giveaway!
    I love the Blue Eye Purse – it looks like peacock feathers! Gorgeous!
    natashafatah at gmail dot com
    http://natashafatah.blogspot.com/

  22. Thank you for the lovely giveaway!!! I love the Blue Eye Bag and Purpuse and the floral tote bag!
    GFC: Kat

  23. Katie McGinnis says:

    The Sky Tote and the Red Print Tote are my favorites, though there are so many other items that I love.

  24. Katie McGinnis says:

    I Like Kasia Dietz on facebook (Katie Duckfluff McGinnis) and follow her on twitter (l_afterwords).

  25. I love the black and white floral tote! Gorgeous!

  26. I love the Sky Clutch.

  27. The Green Eye Bag is stunning!

  28. My favorite is the sky clutch!

  29. liked on fb (may equality shum)

  30. My favorite item is the Earth Tote

    dsauers7(at)hotmail.com

  31. Following on Twitter as gimmetweets3

    dsauers7(at)hotmail.com

  32. love the aqua tote!

  33. I like the style and pattern of the Earth Tote-beautiful.

  34. Liked Kasia Dietz on Facebook.

  35. I like the Hamptons pink and blue floral tote, wish they weren’t sold out.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    –Liza

    ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

  36. I like the black and white floral bag!

  37. Follow Kasia Dietz Bags on Twitter: @natlayyy

  38. I love the blue eye bag! There are so many I really like, so unique!

  39. I follow Kasia Deitz on facebook (Rust Hawk).

  40. I follow Kasia Deitz on twitter @rusthawk.

  41. Hanna Hutcheson says:

    I love the Terra tote! Super cute!

  42. Hanna Hutcheson says:

    following on Twitter as HannaHutcheson.

  43. Hanna Hutcheson says:

    I like her on FB.

  44. France Irish says:

    My favorite item is NIGHT BLUE FLORAL MINI-TOTE

    franceirish_c(at)yahoo(dot)com

  45. France Irish says:

    Liked Kasia Dietz bags
    https://www.facebook.com/franceirish

    franceirish_c(at)yahoo(dot)com

  46. France Irish says:

    Following Kasia Dietz Bags on Twitter’
    http://twitter.com/#!/franceirish

    franceirish_c(at)yahoo(dot)com

  47. Nichole Brown says:

    Good luck to the winner! I have this tote, and it’s beautiful and has lots of pockets. We love pockets, yes?

  48. I like the Sky Tote

  49. I love the Tribal Blue Eye Bag

  50. My favorite is the Blue Eye bag.

  51. I follow on twitter (@RebeccaFH).

  52. I like Kasia Dietz Bags on Facebook (Rebecca F. H.)

  53. amandasue says:

    I like the limited edition sky tote.

  54. My favorite is the Red Vintage Bag!

  55. Gloria Walshver says:

    I like the Flora tote bag.
    GloriaDeal@aol.com

  56. Gloria Walshver says:

    Like Kasia Dietz Bags on facebook
    GloriaDeal@aol.com

  57. Gloria Walshver says:

    I follow Kasia Dietz bags on twitter.
    Glorwal61

  58. I like the green eye bag.

  59. I follow on Twitter

  60. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    Love the Black and White Floral Clutch

  61. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    I follow Kasia Dietz via facebook

  62. Linda Meyers-Gabbard says:

    I follow Kasia Dietz via twitter
    LLMG1960

  63. Thank you all for your lovely compliments, feedback and support! Good luck!

    And thank you Andi for the feature!

    Best,
    Kasia

  64. lauren knott says:

    I love the Black Floral Tote!

  65. lauren knott says:

    Like on FB as Lauren Davies Knott

  66. lauren knott says:

    Following on Twitter as LaurKnotter

  67. my favorite is terra bag.

  68. i like on facebook

  69. i follow on twitter

    @janetxplanet

  70. my favorite is the NATURA COLLECTION!

  71. I love the Sea Green Floral and the Red Vintage and the Blue Eye. So many were pretty, it was hard to choose. Gorgeous fabrics.

  72. I also follow on Twitter and Facebook :) AND I’m a Kasia, too! That should be an extra entry!

  73. Elyse Angel says:

    My favorite would be the sky clutch!! It’s gorgeous. I love this concept.

  74. Elyse Angel says:

    Like Kasia Dietz bags on Facebook.

  75. Elyse Angel says:

    Follow Kasia Dietz Bags on Twitter

    Twitter: uhhhhlease

  76. I really like the Terra tote

  77. I LOVE all of Kasia’s creations. But am smitten with the Black & White Handbags — specifically the Floral.
    I also love the Rive Gauce Paris Handprinted Handbag.

  78. I follow Kasia on Twitter (@TheModernMama)

  79. I follow Kasia on Facbook (Carol T Gomez)

  80. I’m completely in love with Kasia Dietz bags! I especially like the Green Eye Bag!