about aki kano new york handbags

Owning an aki kano handbag is like carrying a one-of-a-kind piece. aki kano bags are lightweight and adaptable, with multiple functional design elements.  Each bag is expertly crafted domestically using the most high-quality Italian leather, periwinkle blue lining and hardware with her hand-drawn signature bees. Timeless rather than trendy, Aki Kano’s eponymous line marries chic simplicity with modern detailing, premium materials, and vibrant colors.


about aki

I am an artist and fashion designer by training. I worked for over 13 years as an apparel and accessories designer and quickly discovered my personal and professional passion for bag design while working on a line of accessories for DKNY Jeans and Simply Vera, a division of Vera Wang. In 2008, I branched out to focus on my personal vision, launching my first collection of aki kano handbags. Designing and running my own line allows me to create strikingly beautiful bags and share my visions with stylish, discerning customers.  I am proud to say that I realize my bags from sketch to production, do all of my own sales, and work on web design, merchandising and marketing.  In this process, I wear many hats as well as that of a mom to my son!

I feel strongly about handcrafting locally, and each durable and luxurious bag is expertly designed and produced in New York City.  My passion for my hometown is the cornerstone of my production and enables me to personally maintain the highest standards for each bag.