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Leatherandvodka began with the goal to make the luxury of a Louis Vuitton bag reflect the owner’s individuality. When Kay, founder of the company, bought her first Louis Vuitton it was something that she worked hard for and purchased herself, but it just didn’t stand out or feel as special as it should have for something so expensive. It was just like everyone else’s.
While examining her first Louis Vuitton, Kay realized that, since the strap was removable, and she had experience working with leather, she could tool her own strap and add braided details on the handles. Her goal? Using her talents to make something already luxurious more unique and custom. “I was thinking, how can I do something different with fringe without damaging mine or my Nana’s bags,” Kay says.
Shortly after her initial foray into the custom strap and detailed handles, Kay purchased an MM Saint Cloud online and let her creativity run wild. She punched holes, fully fringed, and created belts in place of the generic straps provided. When she finished the bag, she shared a picture on Instagram and it quickly grew a following. Leigh Hajovsky purchased the LV and took it to market where it became a high-interest piece. The orders quickly began coming in and haven’t slowed since. The infamous first-fringed LV spurred Leatherandvodka into becoming an official business in 2015. Kay now works alongside a team of six people from her home in Austin, Texas, building custom orders every day.
Since the company began in 2015, Leatherandvodka has collaborated with J. Forks Designs in Boerne, Texas to further enhance our bags with popular turquoise and other precious stones.
We are driven to create art that reflects the beauty of the owner by enhancing the bags into one-of-a-kind pieces of art.
Leatherandvodka happily plays in both the western world and mainstream trends. We honor and value our agreement with Louis Vuitton and maintain the highest standards of quality control and creativity in how our bags are built. In turn, we are creating an unparalleled luxury item designed with wearability, comfort and fashion in mind
Kay grew up youth rodeoing in the East Texas area and attended college at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Kay now lives in Austin, Texas, where she is a bit of a homebody. Kay has two dogs, Tiesto, a black Lab and pit mix, who has been with her since before college, and Casey, a Beagle, who has been with her since the business started.
Kay has always had a big interest in fine arts and pop culture as they have been a large part of who she has become as a person. Kay has always enjoyed fashion. Mixing different styles and piecing things together to create something of her own is something she has always loved.