We believe that nothing is more beautiful (and smells better) as real leather and that’s why we started our brand-new Dutch fashion label for sustainable leather bags.
We believe that every woman deserves a ‘man’ on her arm who brings out the best in her. As KEES is a very common Dutch male name, we named our brand after it. And just like any other man, KEES is unique. That’s why we chose to use uncoated/untreated leather so your KEES might show small natural signs of color differences, spots or damages. We believe this contributes to the overall look and feel of KEES as those ‘imperfections’ make him into the man he is today.
To create a brand-new KEES bag you need leather (That’s not really surprising, we know). Our leather is derived from a tannery in Italy, which we selected ourselves because they create the highest quality of vegetable tanned leather. ‘Vegetable… what?’ we almost hear you think. Well, in short: the leather is tanned by using materials derived from nature, such as leaves and bark. This tanning process takes up to 6 to 8(!) weeks before the leather is ready to be shipped off to Portugal. When arrived in the production facility nearby Porto, Sergio and his team are in charge of turning the Italian leather into a real KEES bag. Mostly by hand but sometimes with the use of some machinery.
At KEES we deliberately chosen to outsource our entire production in Europe, instead of a country on the other side of the world (such as India or China). Why? Because we can visit the Italian tannery and Portuguese production location very easily, as it is a short airplane ride away. And this is not only fun (because this way we know every person that is working on our bags by name) but we can keep an eye on the process and overall quality, every step of the way. Next to that, we are ensured that the people that work on our bags get an honest salary and live in good circumstances (European law), we know that the animals have had a good live and that the entire process in honest and sustainable. These are also the reasons you pay a little more to own a KEES yourself. We know. But then again, you can be certain that your bag has an honest story.
Sustainability, an honest product and minimalistic ‘Dutch Design’ are very important to us. Did you know that the design of each KEES is done in the Netherlands? Great right. But in the end, it all comes down to this: we want every woman to have a KEES on her arm which brings out the best in her. That’s why we continuously work on new models as for every occasion we would like to have a KEES ready to make our lives, and especially yours, a little bit more beautiful.
Because every woman deserves a KEES on her arm that allows her to shine.