So excited to finally share my interview with Kate from She Lion. This busy lawyer / handbag designer is a hard lady to tie down! All the working ladies, meet your new must have accessory and get ready to walk fearlessly!
You’re a lawyer come handbag designer. How did this career change evolve?
As a closet creative in corporate life, I realised that I needed to explore this passion more fully and incorporate it into my life. As a lawyer, I had become increasingly frustrated at being unable to find a handbag that suited my needs – this was the opportunity to channel my creativity.
Incorporating She Lion Group Pty Ltd in February 2014, and over a 16 month period of extensive networking, handbag construction and digital design courses at RMIT, research and development, the She Lion debut collection was officially launched into the public domain on the 7th of July 2015.
What has been your proudest moment so far in your She Lion journey?
My proudest achievement has been starting my own business and stepping into a completely unknown space – significant for me, given my risk-averse legal background. Indeed there were many within my network that questioned my sanity in dedicating so much time and study to pursue a legal career to then diversify into my own business in an entirely different industry. The balancing act of working part time as a lawyer whilst getting She Lion off the ground has certainly been a test of my organisational skills and my self-motivation. However, the largest test has been of my self-belief. Honing this balance is something that I am keen to maintain into the longer term. The benefit of straddling two worlds is magic and something that I wouldn’t relinquish easily.
What traits does the ultimate She Lion woman possess?
She Lion is designed for today’s modern working-woman. She embraces her femininity and is resilient and ambitious. She has strong intuition and appreciates who she is as an individual. She regularly works online and is required to be dynamic and innovatively flexible with her workspace. She likes to feel organised when on the go and able to travel between offices or transition from office to evening, or office to weekend, seamlessly carrying technology and other essentials with sleek elegance.
With this in mind, the “ultimate” She Lion woman is also an aspirational archetype that speaks to those women aspiring to hold and exercise these qualities. They may have just entered the business world – or be at varyingly levels of their journey. The heart of She Lion is to inspire women across the board to be who they are and to be their best.
Women should be equipped for whatever challenges they face in today’s modern society and She Lion aims to help women face those challenges fearlessly. She Lion is not just about premium practicality and beautiful handbags – it’s about empowering women, being true to your essence and reiterating that anything is possible with guts, determination and persistence.
If you could see a She Lion bag on any woman in the world, who would it be?
All of the women on the Forbes: 100 Most Powerful Women List
Which is your favourite every day She Lion bag, and what’s in yours? I’m a bit biased because I love and use them all! However, I’m really enjoying using The Tactician from the new collection. It’s a middle-sized bag that daily carries my phones, tablet and chargers, cards, keys, notebook and other standard handbag essentials – all in designated compartments for easy retrieval. It’s also large enough to carry my laptop and paperwork in the main compartment, if need be. I particularly love the new snake embossed calf leather, which looks super chic for work and fierce on the weekend.
Let’s talk fashion! Aside from a fabulous bag, what are the other key pieces to creating your ultimate business chic outfit?
I’m a little obsessed with accessories if you hadn’t already gathered. Aside from handbags, I love to pique interest in an outfit with interesting shoes, belts or statement jewellery (as well as a great handbag, of course!)
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