KAAI x Katie Tomlinson

The sun's rays begin to break through the clouds and the gloom of winter disappears. A collective sense of anticipation and longing for the warmer months is in the air.

To celebrate the start of this fantastic spring, we have given Katie Tomlinson, funky illustrator and artist, carte blanche to paint a number of KAAI leather goods with illustrations that inspire her.

The KAAI x Katie Tomlinson collection is unfortunately sold out. But good news, you can join us in-store on April 13th where Katie will live paint your new cardholder.

Meet Katie Tomlinson

Katie grew up in Bristol and studied in Birmingham but after a short trip to Belgium, Antwerp completely stole her heart and she moved there permanently with her partner Jelle and dog Raf.

The city's energetic and creative atmosphere inspire her cheerful and exuberant illustrations. She enjoys spending her time sketching in the center of Antwerp, exploring lesser-known spots in the city and traveling to different cities on weekends.

Katie's Antwerp hotspots

Katie, who lives around Groen Kwartier, knows just where to unwind with friends. For a laid-back drink, Café Rood Wit is her favorite hotspot. When it's wine o'clock on her watch, she loves the classic charm of Amber Bottle Shop and the sensual allure of the newly opened Ruby.

On a weekend day, she likes to head to Chinatown to go sketch at spots where noodles are being hand pulled. To fuel her artistic soul, she frequents the Newchild Art Gallery for inspiration. And when she's in the mood for contemporary dance, De Singel is where Katie heads for an unforgettable performance.

"As an Antwerp-based handbag brand, we like to highlight local female talent. Having successfully collaborated with Sabato, Serax and Knack Weekend, among others, we are delighted to work with Katie Tomlinson.

We find that interplay between the timeless KAAI designs and Katie's spontaneous illustrations to be a colorful match. It doesn't always have to be serious, right?"

Co-founders Helga Meersmans and Ine Verhaert

Meet Katie and get your cardholder personalised in-store

On Saturday April 13th, Katie Tomlinson will come to our studio store in Antwerp to paint live on cardholders. You can purchase your cardholder in-store and get it personalised for the total of €125 or receive it for free when you spend over €400.

With her spontaneous and expressive illustrations,she will turn your new KAAI cardholder into a work of art. An ideal spring trip to Antwerp!

Unique wearable art pieces

For this limited edition collection with KAAI, Katie Tomlinson describes this uplifting feeling and the awakening of nature as her main inspiration.

The highlight of the collection is a one-of-a-kind Mini Arch bag in cream, meticulously adorned with expressive flowers and butterflies in a mesmerizing array of colors.

Elevate your style with a unique cardholder. Each piece is embellished with playful illustrations, capturing the dynamic movements of animals and the lively spirit of blooming flowers.

This collection features a very limited number of pieces, every piece is unique. These wearable works of art are tailor-made for the dynamic lifestyle of the modern KAAI woman, seamlessly blending fashion and functionality into your daily adventures.

Do you have any questions?

We're happy to answer all your questions and navigate you through the world of KAAI to find your perfect match.

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