You can wear the same outfit once, but when you wear it again with different jewelry or handbag-it’s like you bought a new look!
Like most little girls playing dress-up, Kisa Williams’ love for style began in front of her parents’ vanity while donning her mother’s clothing and jewelry. To this day, accessories have always been one of Kisa’s favorite aspects of fashion. While one may think that accessories are mere embellishments to an outfit, Kisa thinks accessories are what makes the outfit. She wholeheartedly believes that the right accessories are essential to an outfit’s pizzaz and versatility, which is precisely what KisaKisa Fashion handbags do! KisaKisa Handbags emulate her mother’s elegance and Kisa still considers her mother (and Diana Ross) as her style icon, and these qualities of her mother are ever present in each KisaKisa Fashion handbag.
KisaKisa Fashion Is A Passion
It was a year and a half ago when Kisa Williams realized that fashion was a passion and enrolled in Design classes at Houston Community College. Kissa’s passion for fashion and knack for bags has grown stronger, but she decided to switch her focus at HCC to retail merchandising so she would understand how to run the business side of her passion. She has also focused on finding the right mentors.
The professors there aren’t teachers. They’re your friends.
Kisa knows the guidance she has had from her professors is what has helped her become the artist she is today. If she were to have gone to any other school, she would not have received the same attention she does at HCC. Anywhere else, she would have been a number, but that isn’t the case at HCC.
For two months, Kisa created and made these handbags for herself, and she would frequently post pictures with her bags on Instagram and Facebook. She would receive compliments on them, but never pursued making her bags for the public. Until Steve Guthrie, Kisa’s mentor while she interned at Steve Guthrie, had seen a photo of her with her Bridget bag online. He urged Kisa to “jump on this” opportunity, telling her “You have got to move on this!”.
It was not until Steve Guthrie suggested to Kisa to put these bags on the market that she thought her bags might be capable of making someone else’s outfits more colorful and stylish. Kisa Williams sold her first handbag in July and thus, KisaKisa Fashion emerged.
KisaKisa Handbags Tell Stories
What separates KisaKisa Fashion bags from other brand name handbags is that each KisaKisa Fashion bag is inspired by a particular person who has resonated in Kisa’s life.
The Sharon bag’s pattern was chosen based off of what Kisa thought best matched her or his personality. For instance, Kisa made a purse styled after Sharon’s daughter, Kennedi Elise, which has a pure and youthful patterned fabric on the exterior of the bag. When the bag is opened, the Sharon fabric trim (aka Kennedi Elise’s mother bag) is the same as the mother’s, as if the mother and daughter are cut from the same material, both literally and metaphorically.
Another bag, the Danielle bag, is named after Kisa’s friend she met while they were both under hair dryers in 1996, who passed away from breast cancer. The fabric reminded Kisa so much of Danielle’s personality, and once she posted a photo of the bag on Facebook, Danielle’s sister, Monique Harper agreed. On Facebook, Monique said,
It’s funny how you matched this bag to her personality…I can’t explain it, but I feel it!
When Kisa creates a handbag, there is careful thought put into every aspect, because behind the handbag, is the essence of a person Kisa loves.
The opportunities and ultimately, people that have made Kisa’s journey possible could be summed up by serendipitous chance, but Kisa knows that cannot be. Too many fantastic events have occurred to be dismissed as coincidence. Kisa says knowingly, regarding her journey and what has come of it,
It’s like God is working.
Beyond The Fabric
Everything about Kisa seems to be synonymous with vivacity, effervescence, and color, which is why it was so hard to believe she’s undergone two hip replacements.
My knees are probably next.
Kisa is one of 100,000 people in America that have Sickle Cell Disease. Sickle cell causes red blood cells to appear “sickled”, while normal blood cells are whole. There is no cure for this disease, only treatment. The life expectancy for women with Sickle Cell is 42. Kisa’s sister passed away from the disease at 32.
While every opportunity and encounter have fallen into place recently for KisaKisa Fashion, there is a degree of exigency. Kisa takes nothing for granted and knows she has to work on this endeavor while she can.
When I get older, it’s going to get harder.
She is only looking forward and thinking ahead, which is why these purses are more than just a hobby to Kisa- they’re her life.
The Shape of The Handbags
While taking a handbag class at HCC, Kisa quickly realized one thing- square handbags were BORING. In fact, square handbags were just what the name would imply to Kisa-they were SQUARE. Cookie cutter. Been there; done that. And if there’s anything Kisa Williams is it’s unique, bold, and innovative- so not “square”! Kisa does circle handbags because it’s different.
Or at least, that’s why Kisa initially thought she was so drawn to circle handbags.
Several weekends ago, Kisa was having lunch with Sarah Shah and showing her KisaKisa Fashion original handbags when Sarah pointed out something Kisa never saw before.
Kisa, these bags are your cells.
When the handbag is closed, it is shaped like a hemisphere, or sickle- just like Kisa’s sickled red blood cells. But when the handbag is opened, it is shaped like a regular blood cell- a whole circle. This was an entirely unintentional creative choice of Kisa’s that never would have been realized if it weren’t for Sarah.
Kisa’s plan is to create a Limited Edition Sickle Cell bag, where the proceeds go to the Sickle Cell Association, specifically the Marc Thomas Foundation that has helped Kisa tremendously in the past. The appearance of the bag symbolizes Kisa’s perseverance with the disease: everything she’s gone through is in the hopes that one day, like the inside of her handbags, she will be able to attain the whole red blood cell for herself and others suffering from sickle cell in the future. While making her handbags circular was not intentional, it certainly was intuitive.
There’s so much that the circle means, infinity and all, but this circle…it’s special to me.
Kisa Keeps It Local
Born and raised in Austin, Kisa was brought to Houston in 2001 by her real estate job. Because of the opportunities Houston has offered her since she moved here, Kisa has a deep appreciation for Houston, and she intends to reciprocate fully the favors it has given her.
Every physical aspect of a KisaKisa Fashion handbag is Houston made. The fabric, thread, tassels-you name it, is local (and easy to clean! You have got to love cotton blends!). Even the tailors and seamstresses Kisa has hired to complete the rising demand for her handbags are local. When Kisa looks forward to growing her line to boutiques in other Texas cities like Austin and Dallas, the ultimate goal of this expansion is to prove that Houston has talent in fashion and should not be dismissed or underestimated.
Too many people dismiss Houston and don’t realize there is a talented fashion industry here. But we got it!
Not only is Kisa Williams a fashion entrepreneur, but she’s also a true Renaissance woman who knows how to keep up with her many ventures. In addition to working in real estate, she was a nanny for seven years and a foster mom for five. Today, Kisa is currently manager of Thimble Fingers Sewing Studio and a full-time student at HCC while she runs KisaKisa Fashion.
Talk To The Handbags, Because Kisa Is BUSY!
KisaKisa Fashion is fashion forward, and KisaKisa Fashion is moving forward. Before the launch of Kisakisafashion.com, Kisa sold all but two of her sample bags. A future project for KisaKisa Fashion includes matching dog accessories because Kisa is fed up with the same monotonous dog accessories she sees at Petco. She believes that if she’s “looking fly,” her Shih Tzu, Ceyanne should too!
Another aspect Kisa wants to change about pet accessories is that it should be available for dogs, regardless of their size. St. Bernards and German Shepherds, Kisa Williams is looking out for you!
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