We uphold a tradition of reliable and attractive leather goods to last a lifetime. All our products are designed and hand-crafted in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We use sturdy, ethically-sourced hides from Chicago and Italy to bring you leather bags, sandals, belts, and small goods of impeccable quality. Our hardware is solid brass, hand-tooled in small batches by our foundry in England.
Twenty years ago, Kika Vliegenthart, a Dutch documentary film student studying at the New School, walked into the Lower East Side workshop of the legendary leathersmith Babara Shaum, who showed Kika the door. But it was too late; Kika had fallen in love with the craft, and refused to leave. So began a rigorous leathersmith apprenticeship that would alter her life.
Fifteen years later, Kika, now a master at the craft, began designing leather goods on her own. She met Sabine Spanjer, a designer and film editor living in Amsterdam, and together they focused their attention fully on leatherwork. They established a signature brand of high-quality, beautiful, and reliable leather goods, hand-built from their studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Their collection of backpacks, bags, sandals, belts, and small goods, sourced from impeccable leather hides and hand-tooled European brass, has made an indelible mark on Brooklyn.
Today, KikaNY leather goods are shown in trade shows all over the world. The team has grown to five employees, including KikaNY’s current apprentice, Stefany Pena, who has spent the last five years learning the craft and carrying on the KikaNY tradition of uncompromised, precise, and distinguished leatherwork.