Kelly Locke, a native of the Pacific Northwest, began his design career in Architectural Urban Design. After ten years designing prestigious U.S. and international projects, he spent the next eight years as a feature film Art Director. Locke’s personal dedication to dance and yoga led to spending several months in Brazil with a dream to develop a yoga retreat in Buzios, the chic coastal resort town outside Rio de Janiero, made famous by Bridget Bardot in the 1960s, leading to Kelly following a different path into handbag design.
Locke’s vision for his label is to create accessories that are luxurious, wearable, and timeless. Exotic leathers, semi-precious gemstones, agate and petrified wood, and ultra-soft, natural-pattterned haircalf became the signature palette of materials for his first collection, which launched in 2009. Working in precious and luxurious exotic skins such as anaconda, lizard, crocodile, python and hair calf as well as lambskin, the Kelly Locke Collection embodies seductive modern glamour.
As a designer, Locke employs a meticulous approach to the craft of each handbag in the line by combining traditional master craftsman hand-cutting and construction techniques with an innovative approach to material development. Every design element is selected for its unique architectural contribution to the whole – from the line of the bag’s shape to subtle ornamental accents such as agate stone feet, zipper pulls in petrified wood, and elegant hand topstitching. Locke sources materials directly from around the globe, which include cultivated anaconda, crocodile and lizard skins from South America. Finishing specifications for exotic skins are developed by Locke who works with tanneries and local leather finishing product manufacturers to produce finished skins that make a difference.
The Kelly Locke Collection is available at high-end retailers including Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong and Riyadh, Henri Bendel in New York, Marissa Collections, and online at Vivre.com.