Xavier Kegels ? Paul van de Velde.
The Kipling story is one of great passion, creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. In 1987 in Antwerp, Xavier Kegels and Paul van de Velde decided that women needed high-quality bags that were iconic and chic and feminine and fashionable andï¿½ not boring! So they created a line of casual and colourful bags that were affordable, sporty and functional, packed with attitude but never serious or stuffy or stuck-up. In a wordï¿½ FUN!
The company that started out making backpacks for school children has since expanded into high quality backpacks for women. Now the label boasts an extensive range which sells a casual image that screams fun and adventure.
In the early 90s, it expanded out of Belgium, first into the Netherlands, Italy and France.
Soon, their bags were part of the everyday adventures of women around the world.
Today, Kipling mascot monkeys, by far the worldï¿½s best-travelled primates, dangle from a full range of handbags, luggage and carry-alls. Trendy yet practical, upscale yet reasonably priced, durable yet daring, Kipling bags are the must-have accessories of over 35 million women in more than 60 countries around the world. Every year, 6 million Kipling bags are purchased from Kiplingï¿½s 215 stores and 450 corners and shop-in-shops, or from 4,000 multi-brand stores.
Headquartered in New York City with products developed and designed in Antwerp, Belgium, Kipling was bought over by VF Corporation, reputedly the worldï¿½s largest apparel company, in 2004.
Since taking over as artistic director and Vice-President in 2006, Isabelle Chï¿½ron has transformed Kipling into a cutting-edge brand with ultra fashion-forward collections. Under her watch, Kipling has launched special capsule collections with exciting young designers and labels like Cathy Pill (Belgium), El Delgado Buil (Spain), Gloria Coelho (Brazil), Girls from Omsk (Belgium) and Peter Pilotto (UK).
Its bags are effortlessly stylish, colorful and fun as well as practical and durable enough for even the most active individual.