Katie Kalsi line expects to hit
Katie Kalsi has turned a notion for a new style of purses into a thriving business with a major department store contract and sales in 13 states.
The co Replica Watches mpany, which bears the name of owner Katie Kalsi, sells about 2,000 bags per month, mostly through its distribution deal with Belk department stores. The custom designed bags start at $188 and can cost as much as $498. The company is anticipating sales of about $4.8 million in 2012.
Kalsi developed a love of making art and painting from childhood, even selling some of her oil paintings while she was in college. She started the company after designing and assembling her own handbag with leather she bought from Tandy Replica Watches Leather and hinges she bought from Lowe’s. After getting solid reviews from her husband, she followed that up by making 23 more, which she gave to friends and family members.
The trademark of the bags are custom painted, removable leather straps that Kalsi still designs and paints by hand with a water based acrylic paint. The bags are manufactured in El Paso, Texas, and assembled and distributed out of Memphis.
The straps can be easily removed and replaced, which Kalsi says completely changes the look of the bag, depending on how a woman wants to accessorize.
After she began making and selling the bags at shows, Ka Replica Watches lsi was approached by representatives from Belk and traveled to North Carolina to meet with the company’s executives. She has been operating the business now for six years.
“I thought there would be a test run of 500 or 1,000, but they called us two weeks later and wanted 4,000,” Kalsi says. “I h Replica Watches ad shipped a few bags here or there, but never to that level.”