Meet Austinite Kelly Wynne of Kelly Wynne handbags. I received a beautiful invitation to her launch here in Austin and soon after found my Instagram feed inundated with amazing photos of her bags here and there and everywhere. A marketing flair to be inspired by, the Ole Miss alum has recently unveiled a chic new line of clutches and handbags (I’m coveting the Cloud 9 clutch). Here she tells us a little more about herself and the line.
KK: When and why did you decide to create your brand?
KW: You know those dreams people have growing up that seem really unobtainable, and are most likely just a dream? This was mine. I love all accessories actually but handbags have always been “my thing”.
I couldn’t let go of the idea of designing a handbag collection. I began by designing my logo about a year and a half ago. I then reached out to various professionals in the fashion industry to answer my many questions on how to proceed. I kept plugging away even on days when I was ready to throw in the towel. I am so thankful for every morsel of information I gleaned from each and every meeting I had. Before I knew it, my company was formed and I was sketching my bags. I was so busy that I almost missed the fact that my dream had actually become a reality.
KK: What is your background in and how did this help prepare you in regards to your business?
KW: I was a graphic designer before this venture, which has definitely been an asset in marketing materials. I was a studio art major at Ole Miss, so I love sketching. I spent many nights sketching and brainstorming ideas for my logo! My first job was in Public Relations where I learned a lot about working with people and marketing a brand.
KK: What’s the most exciting and challenging thing about being an entrepreneur in the fashion world?
KW: The most exciting thing is watching your dream become reality…And being your own boss. The most challenging part of being an entrepreneur is wearing all the hats of the business. It’s hard to juggle everything, but at the same time, I love doing something different every day.
KK: Describe your brand in a few words.
KW: Classic with a hint of glam
Shop online at kellywynne.com