Fiona Kotur – International Icon of Style

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fionakotur.jpgFiona Kotur’s story embodies what I love about women! It makes me proud, and I am in constant awe of the versatility, adaptability, and will of our gender. Fiona moved to Hong Kong in 2002, with her husband, whose finance position took him there. Can’t feel sorry for her — Hong Kong is one of the greatest cities in the world! And obviously Fiona would agree with me as she fully immersed herself in the diverse and exciting cultural clashes of the city.

She comes from a design background, having worked for Ralph Lauren and Gap, so when long-time friend, Tory Burch, needed help launching her line, Fiona sourced materials for her in Hong Kong and China. That was the beginning of Kotur as Fiona found and bought a warehouse full of vintage 60s brocade that ended up being the materials for her first collection. She not only made the best of her situation, but she took advantage of what life had to offer and created her own ideal world.


Unlike many designers who manufacture in China, she is proud of that fact. She has an extreme advantage of being close to her factories to keep a close eye, but she feels that China still has traditional craftsman and artisans, who are well suited for her collections. Her manufacturers are in Dongguan, which is known for producing some of the world’s most high-end luxury lines.

You can easily see from her line that inspiration comes from someone who is truly international. She is well traveled and has artistic genes, (her mother was a painter and couture designer in Paris) all of which show in her bags with influences ranging from the art deco era, to rich textiles and exotic ornamentations. Her celebrity clientele includes Sienna Miller, Mischa Barton, Tilda Swinton, Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jacquetta Wheeler.

Her current spring line has such a wide range, including her famous brocade clutches, minaudieres (in Swarovski crystal, snakeskin,and python) as well as handbags like her recently popular Wallace handbag, which comes in textured leather and a natural python. She does not limit her imagination with the materials, which run the spectrum from fabulous exotics like shagreen, python, haircalf and snakeskin to metals, shells, lucite, and rattan. Wow! How does she keep it all straight?

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Sibal Ayers Snakeskin Bag $798; Grand Pereire Vintage Brocade $258

9 thoughts on “Fiona Kotur – International Icon of Style

  1. I like this Sibal Ayers snakeskin bag and wow it´s really cheap. I hope it´s well made. It would be a nice bargain. But I guess you can´t get it in Europe????

  2. I adore Kotur as well as Burch,their designs have that ultimate American glamour&sophistication about them. Somehow they manage to create things that are simple yet stunning, in bold colors that don’t look flash,rich but not vulgar. Geniuses of fashion.

    xoxo

  3. AWESOME piece Kelly. She is so great. I love her lines and designs. Also, the material of the bags look so discerned and elegant. LOVE IT!

  4. I love the sage green minudieres, so cute. Where can I find it? My favorite right now is a yellow lizard I borrowed to own from my mom. But, I think I have found a new bag.

  5. What a nice profile, thank you for introducing us to Fiona! I am still sad I did not win the Kotur clutch you gave away in Feb. Love her bags!

  6. I would love to get one (or two) of those delicious little clutches! So cute! I wonder if there is any chance of finding them in Europe…?

  7. Peter Belisi on said:

    I totally thought that was an ottoman.

  8. Anonymous on said:

    Me too!

  9. Chavon Ferebee on said:

    Dear Mrs. Fiona Kotur,
    I purchased one of your beautiful handbags from your bright young things collection and it was damaged! I have called all over the US of A to try and get another snow globe clutch and every store has told me the same thing: “sorry, all of our snow globe clutches are damaged and we are not allowed to sell them.” Finally I call one store all the way in Miami beach(I live in long island new York)and the manager tells me “oh we have three but all the chain links on the side are broken” to myself I’m thinking “oh thank heaven!!!!!!!” I can certainly deal with a ill broken side chain when the one I purchased is literally fallin apart! Then, I am let down again when she tells me that upon opening the clutch it too falls apart, on ALL 3!!!!! I’m guessing the whole collection either wasn’t handled correctly during shipping or the clutch was not made with care. I am a single mother of four the clutch was $195 and I bought it as a gift to myself for finishing nursing school and birthday gift all in one. I went out for my birthday and couldnt even used the bag after telling all my friends that they would be who wowed by my new accessory. How embarrassing! I usually would never spend that kind of money on anything for myself because I have four children and they come first. But for once I told myself “hey I deserve it” and this is what I end up with. I am so hurt and I wish I would’ve spent my hard earned cash at the children’s place clothing store buying clothes for my children. I stop to think sometimes if maybe u didn’t really care about those clutches because you made them for nine west for regular folk like me. I know that u deal with high end clientele but don’t regular hard working moms deserve a little luxury from time to time? Your work is absolutely beautiful and hopefully one day I’ll be able to afford and purchase one of your clutches or bags that you crafted and actually cared about. -very sad, hurt, and disappointed single mom of four.

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