Gal of style: Kelly Lawrence

Kelly Lawrence is the talented designer behind Zabbana handbags. Before launching her unique collection of handbags and jewellery in January 2008, Kelly studied design, art history and life drawing at the Hungry Creek Art and Craft School, jewellery techniques at the Manukau Institute of Technology and worked for a year in the jewellery wholesale business here in New Zealand. Kelly now designs Zabbana handbags in New Zealand before heading up to Indonesia where her limited edition bags are crafted in fine, quality leather.

Describe your personal style?
My style is feminine, polished, bold and chic.

Where do you shop?
I’m extremely fortunate to travel a lot, spending a lot of time in the US and Europe so I try to do most of my shopping overseas so I can have something different from everyone else.

Who is your favourite New Zealand/Australian designer?
Sass & Bide, Zimmerman, Lonely Hearts, Stolen Girlfriends, Shakuhachi…

What is your current favourite item of clothing?
Cropped Crocheted Sass & Bide top. Can pop it on over anything!

What is your best buy for Autumn?
Oversized Knitted Cardi – Looks great with leggings or cigarette jeans…..Love it!!

Why handbags?
Handbags are a great accessory and can create a statement to any outfit. Everybody needs a good bag and anyone can wear one. They are fun and fashionable whilst still being sophisticated.

What has been your biggest fashion mistake?
Leggings with oversized tops that are that tiny bit too short, have slapped myself on the hand for this one.

If you were invited to attend the Academy Awards, who would you ask to design a dress for you?
Sass & Bide. I just love their style and fit. Also their ability to create pieces that steal the show and look super stylish without trying too hard.

You would rather eat your own shirt than wear…
Sneans (Trainers worn with jeans… and even worse jeans that are slightly to short), Channelling Steve Urckle

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