Brand Story & Philosophy

Kintu New York handbags are designed in New York, co-developed with global artisans, and made in Italy. Launched in 2015, the brand’s core value is rooted in the founder, Sarah’s belief in generational conservation of artistry and craftsmanship. The Kintu New York brand appeals to the dynamic, busy, urban woman who values quality and self-expression.

Craftsmanship & Artisans

We work mainly with highly skilled artisan communities on the verge of disappearing if the skills are not passed on from generation to generation. With the current downward trend and few prospects of a lucrative career in craftsmanship, younger generations are making the decision to learn different skills and abandon family traditions. However, by improving the lives of the existing artisans, we appeal to youth who will see craftsmanship not only as a viable source of income for their families, but as a national tradition worthy of pride and preservation.

Kintu’s quality is a combination of the craftsmanship of Italian leather makers and the handicraft of artisans from India (Indian handwoven luxury brocade) and Kenya (Hardware). Kintu bags are consciously crafted from strong and hard-wearing 100% natural vegetable tanned leather sourced from the best European tanneries. Natural vegetable tanned leather is known for it's durability and flexibility. The various vibrant colors are achieved using natural tanning techniques. The result is high quality, minimalist, vibrant bags that are beautiful, practical and capture each customer’s unique personality.