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"I have always been fascinated by not just the bags themselves, but also by their movement and the many ways of seeing and utilizing a bag. A luxury handbag evokes so much fantasy." ---- Ethan K
Devoted to his art, Ethan K is a London-based designer who specialises in hand-crafted, crocodile skin accessories for a luxury audience. The founder and designer, Mr Koh is the fourth-generation scion of traditional Singapore family business Heng Long - a tannery for top-grade exotic animal and reptile skins - that is an important supplier in the global luxury bag business, so important that luxury goods conglomerate LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) bought a majority stake in the company several years ago.
According to Koh, it is the attention to craftsmanship that informs the brand's rich and vibrant aesthetic. Ethically sourced crocodile, alligator, lizard and python skins are transformed into a collection of classic models
With a focus on quality over quantity, Ethan K's exquisite handbags are made in limited numbers to ensure precision and exclusivity. The brand boasts an impressive client list including celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Helen Mirren, Rita Ora, Elizabeth Hurley, as well as members of the Royal Family such as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
All Ethan K bags are incredibly light-weight due to a secret 18 hour 'hand staking' technique that reduces thickness and ensures that the skin is incredibly soft to the touch.
Only the centre-cut of the belly of the crocodile and alligator is used - the softest and most precious part. A patented 'Bombe Shine' technique gives the skin a shine like no other. The skilled artisans polish the skins with agate stones whose heat and pressure gives the bag a beautiful and shinny finish.