Willy - Photographer, Surfer, World Traveler
4. Where is your next adventure with your Kempton bags?
Lena Bragina Erven- Interior Designer, Mother, Traveler
1. What's your passion and / or profession (business)? How did you get started/why were your drawn to that?
I am an interior designer. I was inspired to become one due to growing up around my father's own designs; he's an architect. I studied at Parsons School of Design and went on to work for Starwood Hotels, Roman and Williams, Tsao and McKowon, Kara Mann, and I currently work at Gachot Studios.
2. What makes Kempton & Co. bags right for your life / work / style?
Kempton & Co. bags fit all my stuff into one bag. I love how each bag looks good with any outfit, I can dress them up or down, day to evening, and can even bring them to the beach. Plus they house all my kids' things too! Of course I have a pouch or two that separates all my things and can easily grab for a night out or coffee run. The Black Suede clutch is my staple for a work meeting as it's roomy enough for a laptop, iPad and papers.
3. Where is your next adventure with your Kempton bags?
I'm currently traveling between NYC and Detroit where I work on the Shinola Hotel. I'll be out in East Hampton for the rest of the summer with the family, Kempton will join of course.
Natalie - Wood and metalworker, owner of Supersmith Brooklyn, fellow Land Rover owner
What is your passion and or profession- How did you get started?
I run a workshop; wood-shop, metal-shop, and ceramic studio. We have a store where we hold classes, events, and sell work that everyone is producing. For a number of years I was a painter and then turned to custom furniture and build outs. Custom wasn't for me so I built my workshop so I could develop my own work.
The woodwork and the metalwork, is such a male dominated field, Did you have an inspiration- Father Brother, or did it just come naturally?
Growing up I’ve always had some kind of knowledge of how things were built in my grandfathers house. He had a workshop in his basement where we spent a lot of time. Building seems to run in our family. My grandfathers, father built this beautiful tool chest that I inherited and I still use his tools everyday.
What’s special about Red Hook for you in your business?
Red Hook is really a perfect tight knit supportive community. We had the most beautiful experience, our neighbors helped build the shop. It was amazing. After their day jobs they would come over and tell us to put them to work. The whole experience was so beautiful, the fire department even showed up! We are so fortunate, we have a wonderful community around us.
What makes Kempton & Co. bags right in your life?
I have a rugged lifestyle. Kempton & Co. bags emulate who you are. I have the Safari Stripe Crossbody and matching pouch which is so versatile. I can fit a whole day worth of “stuff” in my bag. My laptop, gym shoes, lunch, sweater…the space is endless but everythign stays organized thanks to the interior pockets and pouch.
What is your next adventure in your Range Rover with your Kempton bags?
We go to Maine every summer and camp out of my truck. My Kempton &Co. bag has become a necessity for me in my everyday life and when I travel. I pack a couple of things in my cross body and then throw it in my trunk. It’s great because with Kempton & Co. bags I don't have to worry about the durability.
Emma Phillips - Digital Marketer, Daughter, Sister, Artist
1. What is your profession and passion?