The Soh-Lee collection, a word that means “sound, voice” in Korean, is meant to embody the many expressions of personal style, empowering each person who carries our handbags to declare their distinctive look. A huge part of my design inspiration comes from my background and heritage. The bright colors are derived from hanbok, traditional Korean attire typically worn in traditional ceremonies and festivals; and each handbag has been titled after a Korean word.
Kacy Yom is an independent company rooted in the slow fashion movement and high quality. I care just as much about the design process as I do about the working conditions in which our bags are made. Going to the factory...building those relationships and seeing how everything is made is really important to me. My leather tannery is doing amazing things to minimize the impact on the environment.
I thrive off of fear and the challenges I’m faced with daily. I work with creative consultants that help me to understand the ins and outs of the fashion industry. I don’t consider myself a fashionista. There’s this famous quote that says you can make or break the outfit with accessories, and that’s what handbags are for me.
My line is inspired by traditional design and a little playful innovation. I like structure, minimalistic style, and simple lines but I also love color. By combining them all, you create an interesting dynamic and juxtaposition.
It’s very rewarding when I see my product on people. I love how they incorporate my design into their own personal style. It’s so surreal and I’m eternally grateful. Maintaining a personal relationship with my clientele fuels me to keep going.
Check out Kacy’s Instagram or online store www.kacyyom.com for more of her Soh-Lee Collection. You can also find the bags locally on display at the Four Seasons Hotel and Spa downtown.