At a glance: A.B.K. produces small batches of old world-looking leather goods, handcrafted lovingly by the two sisters who run the business.
Who’s behind the brand? Sisters Alya and Katya Kazakevich, originally from Belaruse, settled in New York City over a decade ago, where they opened their own small handmade leather goods shop in Chinatown.
What do they do? The Kazakevich sisters do impeccable leather work, mostly bags and shoes, but they also have some smaller items available if you just want to dip a toe in the waters before plunging in. From keychains to wallets to beautiful leather covered stone paperweights, it seems like they’d have something for everyone. The prices are fairly high, but each piece is painstakingly hand dyed and hand stitched, and look as though they will last a lifetime, aging beautifully as good leather will do. They also take special orders for personalization and customization on all items. Because each piece is handmade (and often made to order), they ask that you allow up to two weeks for an order to be completed. Seems totally reasonable to us. The shoes are all made to order to your specific measurements as well. A little bit of Old World in the new one.
What materials do they use? Most everything they make is hand-dyed leather, but they do use canvas in some of their tote bags as well if you need one that’s a bit lighter weight. We wouldn’t pass on the leather though. They also have these gorgeous paperweights that are natural smooth stones and pebbles painstakingly encased in leather wrapping.
Where are they based? Alya and Katya operate out of a small workshop in Chinatown in Manhattan. Their pieces are available online through their site, but if you’re in the city you can swing through and see where the magic is made.
Editors’ favorites from the line? Our favorite has to be the Biker Bag in that gorgeous buttery light cognac color. The bag is roomy and has a bit of structure, but it’s still supple enough to feel totally luxurious. Pricey, yes, but we think it’s probably last a lifetime (or a few).
Where can I get the goods? Shop their online store, or if you’re happen to be in NYC, check them out in person at 105 Henry St., Store #7 and take a look around their incredible workshop.