Atelier Kikab is a boutique of handbags and accessories founded in 2018 by Giusi as a reflection of her passion for Italian design, fashion and lifestyle.
Giusi is Italian and married to an Englishman. She has lived in the UK since 1993, and brought her effortless Italian sense of style into creating small and unique collections of handbags, pochettes and accessories, which she sources in Italy during her frequent visits.
Following her BA studies in fine art at Central St Martins College in London, Giusi has always had a keen eye for shape and colour, which has translated into the creation of Atelier Kikab’s fabric range, personally designed by herself and mostly inspired by the traditional patterns of her homeland – Salento, Puglia.
The creative process has always been very special to me: combining shape, size and colour into a finished piece is what really motivates me. But l also treasure all that is connected with creating a product. I endeavour to find local small businesses scattered all over Italy which so far has brought me to explore traditions and parts of my country l didn’t know existed. A never ending process!
With a southern Italian upbringing and being one of three sisters, l love being surrounded by women, and supporting and empowering other women is central to the ethos of Atelier Kikab. At the back of my support team in Italy there are some amazing mothers who manage to run their businesses alongside their family commitments, with the strength and warmth typical of Italian women.
Our range is growing and l can see ahead of me many future projects powered and inspired by female artists, creators, talented minds who keep surprising me with their amazing work and wit.
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