Fiona Kempton, designer and owner of Kempton & Co., was born in 1977 and raised in a house by the sea in the countryside of southwest England, setting the stage for a unique childhood and a lifetime connected to the ocean--and horse riding.
Her father, John Kempton, was an eminent racehorse trainer and jockey, winner of England's famous Grand National in 1967. Growing up around the distressed leather of her old riding boots and the heavy waxed canvas of the horses' rain rugs, leather straps and buckles inspired Fiona's lifelong love for equestrian sports, design and culture, as well as active life on the ocean.
Fiona studied fashion design in London's Kingston University and moved to New York after graduation, spending the next ten years designing for major fashion companies. In 2009, she started to design on her own, creating a tech-friendly bag with a built-in protective sleeve for a laptop. Well-received, she launched her own business. Kempton & Co. was born in Brooklyn in 2010.
Fiona’s heritage is an inspiration. She designs bags with gorgeous soft leathers and textiles, combining the utility of equestrian hardware. She prides herself in always maintaining an artistic approach to function; it is a philosophy that the company strives to maintain with every bag.
After 18 years living in NYC after her move from the UK, Fiona now lives on the north shore of long island with her husband and daughter. Her designs reflect her surf and turf lifestyle; an avid polo player, kiteboarder and sailor she spends summer weekends afloat her sailboat in the Hamptons or on the polo field, which naturally led to the creation of her urban beach bag collection - styles that work just as well, on the beach or the street.