KATE OF ARCADIA IS AN ELEGANT LINE OF LEATHER CARRY WEAR. THOUGHTFUL JUXTAPOSITION OF ELEMENTS OFFER A REBELLIOUS YET CLASSIC, LUXE YET NATURAL COLLECTION OF BAGS AND WALLETS.
 
ARTISIAN CRAFT MIXED WITH UNIQUE INNOVATION COME TOGETHER IN BEAUTIFULLY HAND MADE PIECES. SOPHISTICATED MATERIALS AND SUBTLE HARDWARE FUSED WITH AN AUTHENTIC PERSPECTIVE REFLECT THE DESIGNERS PASSION FOR ART, FUNCTION AND NATURE. THIS PASSION FOR QUALITY WORKMANSHIP AND INSPIRING MATERIALS RESULT IN A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON ACCESSORIES.
 
ARTISIAN CRAFT AND INNOVATIVE DESIGN ARE TWO THINGS DESIGNER KATIE SMITH HAS SPENT THE PAST TEN YEARS PERFECTING. A LONG STANDING PASSION FOR CRAFT BEGINNING AT ART SCHOOL FUELLED HER DESIRE TO MASTER LEATHER . KATIE TAUGHT HERSELF FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, ARMED WITH AN OLD PHAFF SEWING MACHINE AND A VISION TO CREATE BAGS. SHE LEARNT HOW TO HANDLE, FORM, DESIGN, RESPECT AND CREATE FROM LEATHER.  KATIE WAS CO-FOUNDER/DESIGNER OF NEW ZEALAND ACCESSORIES LABEL DEADLY PONIES, HOWEVER A STRONG DESIRE TO CONTINUE LEARNING THE ART OF LEATHER WORK AND FINE DESIGN SAW HER LEAVE NEW ZEALAND IN 2010, TRAVELLING TO PARIS, NEW YORK, LONDON, HONG KONG, CHINA AND MELBOURNE TO LEARN FROM THE BEST. RETURNING TO NEW ZEALAND AT THE END OF 2011 AFTER DESIGNING FOR MIMCO, ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S LEADING AND MUCH LOVED ACCESSORIES LABEL. 
 
KATIE IS NOW FIRMLY BACK BEHIND HER SEWING MACHINE CREATING ELEGANT BAGS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE AN EYE, A WANT AND AN APPRECIATION FOR BEAUTIFUL HAND CRAFTED BAGS.