Editor’s Pick: Krenoir Notte Matte Mini Kandie

by Charles Manning

What: An elegant combination of matte alligator and glove-soft leather in rich navy blue. The bag measures seven inches long by nine inches high by four inches deep and features the brand’s signature low-profile enamel clasp.

Who: Krenoir founder Jean K loves color and launched her brand with the aim of bringing a much-needed injection of the fun stuff into the world of luxury exotic-skin handbags. “Color is so meaningful for me,” says Jean. “It represents my journey. When I was 4 or 5 years old, in Korea in the 1960s, the country was still dealing with the aftermath of the Korean War. It wasn’t in a good state and lots of homes did not have the luxury of color TV.” Then, one day, her father returned from a trip to the US with a gift for Jean: a collection of colorful picture books featuring popular American cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse and Charlie Brown. “It was a shock to me. I’d never seen such pinks and blues in my life! It was the first time my eyes were opened to color.”

All of Krenoir’s bags are made in Italy by Silvano Biagini, a small, family-run luxury handbag manufacturer, using the best skins, hand-selected and painted in the brand’s fantastic rainbow colors.

Why: Krenoir’s strengths are not just their colors and quality but also their fantastic price point. These bags are luxury with a capitol “L,” made with real exotic skins, yet the prices, which range from about  $2,000 – $4,000 for a handbag, are closer to what one might reasonable expect to pay for embossed leather from a high-end designer like Chloé or Saint Laurent.

Where: Krenoir.com

How (much): $2,650

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