Meet the designer
Katie, the founder and designer of the brand, lives in Southern California where her ordinary days are filled with bright sunshine, palm trees and blue skies. Such beautiful surroundings have shaped the creation of CLARÉT RONDEL. Katie finds continual inspiration from Southern California where everywhere you look is a melting pot of diverse cultures and art — the modern suburban areas and stunning classical buildings in DTLA, the exciting sights of Hollywood, the expansive scenic beaches along the coast, the redwood forest and Sierra Nevada Mountains, the soil-rich Central Valley farmland and the Mojave Desert. In short, California is the most fascinating place all year long.
As a child, Katie often played around in her father ’s leather workshop and watched him with wide eyes as he examined the upscale material to its very last detail. Skills were unknowingly handed down as she learned different textures, types, and colors of highly valuable skins at a young age. Growing up, it was natural for her to fall in love with her father ’s world. Katie majored in Fashion Design at Otis College of Art and Design. Just like any designer, her desire was to find her place in the exuberant field of contemporary fashion. Since graduating, she has worked with many designer brands in Los Angeles. However, gravity has pulled her back to her original love. She decided to fly to Italy, one of the major fashion capitals of Europe to spend time with the many local professional masters of leather goods and handbag pattern makers. During her stay in Milan and Florence, she rediscovered her passion for bags. Her fascination for the art grew as she explored the beautiful details and embellishments, laboriously added to each handbag with precision and mastery. Then, she flew to obtain her Master of Arts Fashion Design Management at the University of Arts London. After sketching her own concepts for many years, it was the final step in the realization of her mission: to make a strong splash among a sea of accessory designers. Born in Seoul, Korea, Katie was raised in California. She studied in Italy and London, and her strong background in design has been the impetus for her perfect blend of enthusiasm and creativity. Her passion and love are thoughtfully curated in each piece of the collection that reflects the mixture of her Korean-American heritage and acquired European energy.