LINĒIJ designer Kipenzi will be hosting her first-ever accessories trunk show appearance in Dallas at Dallas Designer Abi Ferrin’s flagship store location in West Village this Friday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 16. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., the designer will kick off her Fall/Winter collection. LINĒIJ, a luxurious, sustainably sourced and handcrafted accessories line is heavily influenced by the Caribbean and global travel. Comprised of portfolios, attachés, totes, handbags, weekend bags, and clutches, the line is made from guilt-free materials.
On Saturday, Oct. 15, a portion of sales that day will benefit the Alliance in Breast Reconstructive Surgery Foundation (AiRS), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing breast reconstruction surgery to women who cannot afford this procedure. From 6 to 8 p.m. attendees can mix and mingle with designers Abi Ferrin and Kipenzi, alongside AiRS Foundation founders and board members in the Uptown shop. Read on for our exclusive interview with LINĒIJ’s designer Kipenzi and Morgan Hare and Janet Denlinger, the co-founders of AiRS!
DFW Style Daily: How did you start designing handbags?
Kipenzi: “The short answer is my family. The long answer is that my mama was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease and I needed to stay home to care for her. One day I was cleaning out my Great Grandmother’s house and I found her collection of rare accessories and hand-drawn patterns she brought with her from Turks and Caicos when she first came to America in 1916. I figured if she could be brave enough to leave everything she knew, I could be brave enough to start my own company. For me, there is nothing better than a well-crafted handbag.”
What inspired this season’s line?
“A trip to Dubai I took this Spring. The collection is creative, yet practical with a youthful, adventurous spirit rooted in tradition.”
What types of materials did you use for this year’s line?
“I wanted to push the boundaries a bit. This collection uses conflict-free chocolate diamonds, sustainably sourced Acutus Crocodile, Italian Saffiano calfskin leather and so many other treats.”
What does it mean to you to be a part of this event?
“This cause is very dear to me because of friends I know who have been affected and my Grandmother Velma, who had a double mastectomy just seven years ago.”
How did you two become friends?
Hare & Denlinger: “We were next door neighbors when we lived in Boston!”
Did the success of your skincare line, Eraclea, motivate you to start AiRS?
“It wasn’t just the success, but having been blessed for all that we have been able to accomplish with our lives so far. That motivated us to give back.”
In what ways are you hoping this event will help the AiRS foundation?
“It’s two-fold. We want to increase awareness of the foundation and what we do to help women who desire reconstructive surgery but don’t have sufficient insurance or other resources to cover it. We also want to raise funds to support our mission.”
To RSVP or for additional information, contact Courtney Edwards at email@example.com.
Images courtesy of LINĒIJ.