Monday, October 4, 2010

The people we meet.....

We've met some wonderful people during our time with koolaman designs. We often wonder where we'd be if we weren't working with some of the most beautiful silver jewellery and making something so sweet and personal for our clients.

two ISOBEL pendants on an extra large ball chain

Among the delightful people we've met along our journey is the gorgeous Kristy from Sisken... this graphic designer turned bag fashionista creates the most beautiful leather bags for every purpose in colours that you'll be drooling over.  We were very excited when Kristy asked us earlier in the year if she could use some koolaman designs in the photo shoot for her latest look book. We were even more excited when we saw the results of her hard work. These bags are a must have in any girls wardrobe... And except for a piece from from koolaman designs, these would have to be the perfect christmas present.

Montgomery tote and the koolaman FINN pendant
 Pictured here is the Sisken, Large Montgomery tote $349 which has a convenient cross body strap, perfect for the times when you need a free hand, I love it when I've got my toddler on my hip and my pre-schooler holding my other hand. Model is wearing the sterling silver hand stamped  FINN pendant on the 80cm large ball chain.

Sisken Bronte Clutch with the koolaman Stella pendant
And here is the Bronte Clutch Bag $220 which is a secure zip around clutch bag with a detachable strap. And the gorgoeus model is wearing the hand stamped sterling silver STELLA pendant on the 80cm large ball chain from koolaman designs.
The SISKEN bags are available in 9 colours including espresso, milk, licorice, stone, cherry, honey, blueberry, pomegranate and plum. With names this delicious you may even need two! 

And Kristy is going to be giving away one of her very special Tarlee tote in Milk ($299). All you need to do is pop on over to the SISKEN site and select your favourite SISKEN item and then tell us which one and why in the comments box. Giveaway is open to Aussie residents only and closes at 8pm on Friday 15th October. Winner drawn at random. One entry per person please. If you don't have a Google ID just leave it as anonymous and your contact details.

55 comments:

  1. Luxembourg in red...how divine...a fabulous style, eye-popping colour and practical to boot. It would so find a home in my frantic life :)

    Fiona
    trixiebull@hotmail.com

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  2. Definately the Bronte clutch in black. Versatile and stylish to fit into anyones lifestyle.

    Corinna
    jpa24969@bigpond.net.au

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  3. The Montgomery Tote - in Red!

    With my youngest turning 3, we're ready to ditch the pram and the nappy bag! Unfortunately my dream of travelling unencumbered has proven false, still needing to carry around large quantities of supplies (wipes, spare undies, water bottles...) for my daughters. The Montgomery Tote looks fabulous, the strap is versatile, and nobody needs to know what I would be carrying around inside!

    Amanda
    heitmann@iprimus.com.au

    PS. The Tarlee looks fabulous too!

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  4. The "Savannah" in cherry would be my bag of choice! How stunning and fabulous it would look over my shoulder!

    Wendy
    groganwendy@hotmail.com

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  5. Tough Call - I'd be happy to own ANY of them, but:

    Bronte Clutch Bag would be my choice.

    Since having my first baby i seem to lose EVERYTHING ... keys ... and phone ... and brain!!
    This bag would keep all my nessesities neatly together to just "GRAB" as we make the made dash out the door everyday.
    Fantastic.

    Carley
    carley.holdman@gmail.com

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  6. What a beautiful range, but the Montgomery in milk would be my first choice, so versatile and stylish - I love it! Samm

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  7. the Helsinki Workbag for me! Would fit in everything I need and still look fab.
    Such a gorgeous range, well done Kristy.

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  8. I would love the San Fransico Shoulder Bag in Honey it has a vintage look to it which i love..hard choice though as they all fantastic and such great size's no matter what the occasion.

    wozsam@dodo.com.au

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  9. As a Mum of four the Savannah Handbag (Milk) is what I would like hanging on my shoulder and looks very stylish and practical. Amanda
    email - awilliams1968@bigpond.com

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  10. Oh Wow, I have never seen this range of bags before. Gorgeous SISKEN!

    It's a tough choice between Chennai Shoulder Bag, Savannah Handbag and Tuscan Overnighter.

    Just for something different I will choose the Tuscan Overnighter. Gotta look good when travelling, or just having an overnighter with the girls :)

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  11. Luxembourg Satchel in red. Why? 3 children so I need to be hands-free and carry all the things a mum needs, but still be able to reach all 3 (especially a two year old with a fondness for running in shopping centres). Like many other mums, I've made lots of sacrifices, so it would be nice to have something with style that is practical, rather than only practical.

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  12. Ohh what stunning bags! I now know I need a chocolate San Remo Satchel ! This satchel bag would be perfect for work and play. The perfect accessory for me to maintain my professionalism at work, but super stylish enough to take with me to dinner. Now that I have seen this bag, I feel the need to toss out my current tatty vinyl satchel as it just doesn't compare!

    Glenda

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  13. It was very hard to choose just one-I LOVE the whole range. The Tuscan Overnighter in Espresso is my favourite and will definately be on my Christmas wish list. Thank you for sharing the link koolamandesigns.

    philandleah@aussieb.com.au

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  14. A Tarlee for Turlee!?...Too spooky!

    The Savannah in Milk would have to be my favourite though!

    Great post Lisa, love the Sisken range.

    Sophie
    http://turleestationstay.blogspot.com
    stay@turleestationstay.com.au

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  15. The Luxembourg Satchel in red (or maybe black...it's hard too choose!) would be great for me. Always losing stuff in my bag, so a few organised sections sounds great!

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  16. Jessica Tibbits - facebook fanOctober 4, 2010 at 9:27 PM

    I know its in the Mens range but I love the San Remo Satchel. It looks casual enough when wearing blue jeans and a blazer, but also classy enough for work.

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  17. I like so many but to choose one - the New York Clutch for me, licorice stone or milk. Perfect size for the essentials when going out, and just looks beautiful and elegant.

    clarecurran@hotmail.com

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  18. These bags look sensational, not only are they stylish but they look ever so practical. Now that I don't need to be carrying around bottles, nappies and other toddler items, I am free to carry around something that I'd like for me. The Savannah in Honey would be my choice. A great handbag for everyday, great size for my essentials and ok every now and then maybe the husband's keys, wallet and sunnies :)

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  19. Has to be the classic San Francisco Shoulder Bag in stone.

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  20. Wow what a stunning Range.... Chennai shoulder bag in Red... very classy style that would make me feel like a woman with a handbag not a mummy with a nappy bag!
    cassie_booth@yahoo.com

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  21. I love the Tuscan Overnighter in Milk. It's uber stylish and perfect for small trips away.

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  22. The Montgomery Tote is just divine, it is so hard to find a large bag that doesn't look like an o/nighter...... plus having one strap is perfect...trying to keep two straps on your shoulder whilst dealing with young children drives me insane! I also love the fact that it can go across the body, having a free hand or two is a fabulous idea.
    Beautiful bags ladies.

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  23. How good does your jewellery look when teamed with Kristy's gorgeous bags. They were made for each other. I absolutely love the Savannah handbag. The leathers look so soft and the style would compliment day or night, weekends, holidays, beach and work. Your jewellery is so clean and uncomplicated in this age of bling and baubles. Just love it. Pam B

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  24. I love seeing both at Magnolia Square each time! You all have beautiful products. My fave Sisken design is the Helsinki Workbag. So gorgeous.

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  25. I love the Tarlee Tote in Tan, with 2 young girls and another baby on the way, "the bigger the bag the better" :) and this is gorgeous and stylish....I must say i struggled to pick a fav! Such beautiful bags and purses.

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  26. Definately the San Remo Satchel, gorgeous color and a great size for all the roles one has to play as mum, student, worker. With four children this bag would have to be one that is the most versatile for adapting to each role I have, whilst looking great for all of them. It is so nice to see gorgeous bags that will fit lap tops but don't look like a boring laptop bag. Fantastic (love the shoes too)
    lettyanne@tpg.com.au

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  27. The Santorini Satchel in red is divine! I travel to Melbourne a lot with two kids (18 mths & 5)for Hospital visits and need a bag that holds everthing we need for the day so I can have my hands free - from carrying my young one on the plane to easily finding their medication at mealtimes. It is such a beautiful bag but is uncomplicated at the same time! Love it Love it Love it!

    Carolyn
    carolandjeff@hotmail.com

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  28. My friend and I recently purchased the Milk New York clutch for another friend's birthday, it's a hot item for summer which will go with almost anything!

    Stephanie
    stephanie_desantis@yahoo.com.au

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  29. I've been known to visit the Sisken website to just look and drool... My vintage-loving retro side covets the San Francisco shoulder bag in cherry for its art deco fabulousness, but the realist in me knows I'd need the perfectly formed Savannah in stone for all its handy pockets and delicious curves.

    Katie
    kt_hendry@hotmail.com

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  30. I am in love with my Kirov Ballet Slippers by Sisken. Bought them at Magnolia Square Malvern and wear them every day since. Perfect to dress up or wear casual and when caring my 9 month baby I don’t have to worry about the ground like I did in my heels. Oh so comfortable too.

    Joanna
    nj_carey@bigpond.com.au

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  31. oo.. it's not easy. i love the tarlee tote & it's probably the best choice for me at the mo to fit normal handbag stuff plus a few nappies & a wipes case for outings with my 2 little people, but i think my absolute favourite is the san francisco shoulder bag.. i just love the 3 petal design (that's what i'm calling it anyway). it has a gorgeous vintage feel to it.

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  32. Congratulations to Kristy for creating these beautiful and gorgeous bags.

    My favourite bag is the St Lucia bag as it is a simple everyday bag which a mother of 2 anklebiters will appreciate. As a mother, we do not have time to fiddle or scrum around a very big bag looking for the car keys or a dummy that may well be at the bottom of the big heap of a bag.

    Those pockets on the outside will make life easier and convenient for a parent who especially can't take their eyes of the kids (if they are in a carpark or shopping centre)

    I would choose black as the colour as it will hide those grubby little dirty finger marks well.

    Good luck to all the entrants. :)

    Debbie
    pettits@netspace.net.au

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  33. Oh wow, what a beautiful collection.

    For me it would be the tuscan overnighter - I always have bags for my boys, and my husband has his backpack but I have never managed to get a bag for myself! Would be very handy and make you feel just a little bit 'posh' as well!

    Cheers
    Erin
    huntob@hotmail.com

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  34. Hi, Simply stunning - you should be very proud!

    I immediately fell in love with the Savannah handbag in Licorice and would be a very lucky lady to be able to hang that delicious bag on my shoulder! Oh and my daughter's name is Savannah so I simply can't go wrong here!! Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

    Best wishes,
    Jess
    jasejess@mysoul.com.au

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  35. Oh wow, what a beautiful range of leather products and the handbags are all a girls dream :)
    After 3 kids and 9 years of nappy bags and back packs, I am loving the look of the St Lucia bag...beautiful, elegant, modern and stylish...everything a girl looks for in a hndbag...and one to definitely get people talking (like my Mia Koolaman pendant). I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you talented ladies are doing with women's fashion accessories.
    Well done and thankyou on such beautiful products!

    Jo Brown
    sgjebrown@primusonline.com.au

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  36. Love the Santorini Satchel. Simple, Stylish and practical....I wear loads of corporate black so the fun 'cherry' colour would be a striking standout, sure to gain comments from admirers. On weekends can throw a couple of nappies in and wipes if dashing out and about to the shops with the kids.
    raquel_lindner@hotmail.com

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  37. What a fantastic giveaway and such a stunning range of every occasion bags. I love them all but my favourite has to be the San Remo Satchel in Chocolate. Being a mum of 3 boys this would be ideal as I always have a collection of matchie cars, thomas trains or rubber bugs within my handbag and this would be perfect size wise and also so I have my hands free. Thanks and love your site Katrina Dunn

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  38. I am loving the Helsinki Workbag. Would be perfect for for me for when I go away. For everyday use I am also loving the Montgomery Tote for when out and about with my 3 little ones. The hardest decision would be which colour to choose, they are all gorgeous. Thankyou for a lovely giveaway!

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  39. st.lucia tote in tan. Imagine having a bag that was casual, stylish, gorgeous and not a nappy bag!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.Am in the market now for a handbag, 3 babies it's nearly time for something for me....you've got me thinking Sisken..............

    nicmitchell@me.com

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  40. The Montgomery in milk is my choice. As a busy mum of 4 children all under the age of eight this bag looks great to fit in all those extra little thing I need to take with me when out and about.

    Lia
    neilia@activ8.net.au

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  41. I love the Tarlee Tote! I have sported my Oroton tote for two years. It is about the same size but much plainer. I think it is time for a new one and milk would go with everything!
    Amanda amandajanefox@hotmail.com

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  42. The Helsinki Workbag in cherry red for sure. I have so many things to carry around and this bag has all the pockets I need for it all. The bonus is that it looks so stylish and does not look like a work bag at all.
    Cheers
    Julie

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  43. I'm instantly in love with San Francisco Shoulder Bag, perfectly suited to what I'd want for myself.

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  44. great timing! I have recently been thinking I need to update my current handbag.
    With a 4, 2 2/3 & 15mth old I only every wear over the shoulder bags. I love the simplicity and style of the bronte clutch bag - just gorgeous.

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  45. The St Lucia bag - simple, practical, beautiful.

    A modern classic?

    melhorton@optusnet.com.au

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  46. I love the look of the Chennai Shoulder Bag, but honestly the Tarlee Tote looks perfect and is a gorgeous piece for me as a working mother of three children! A beautiful range.


    lisa@wimbles.com.au

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  47. I LOVE the Sisken Montgomery Tote! Nothing would top of my fave little black number or my everyday work attire better than that.

    Sue Smythe, Robinvale VIC
    ssmythe@swanhill.vic.gov.au

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  48. The Montgomery Tote in Red would do a beautiful job of distracting people's eye from the usual snail trails of snot, staining my tops!!!!
    Bridget
    www.gretakids.blogspot.com

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  49. The Helsinki Workbag in the red... love it looks like it would be the best bag to use when travelling anywhere for business or pleasure.. love the whole range
    Phyllis
    willamay80@gmail.com

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  50. I love the Montgomery Tote in Red. With a new baby in sight it would be a perfect combination of both nappy bag and hand bag.

    Brigette
    brigette.gorman@simplot.com.au

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  51. Santorini for me, I am sick of my handbag being just that fraction to small to hold my business essentials and a few extra items for my babies.

    Emma

    brond@exemail.com.au

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  52. I loved the Tarlee Tote - big enough to fit everything i need, small enough that i wont be able to carry the things i dont need!

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  53. The Tarlee Tote of course and in milk to boot - the perfect stylish nappy bag (without actually being one!)

    Debbie

    aerni_05@hotmail.com

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  54. Thank you ladies for all the lovely comments and to the Koolaman Girls for running a competition! Always a pleasure working with such a sensational label. Great to hear what everyone's favorite is.
    Love Kristy x

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  55. Thank you to Kristy from Sisken and to everyone who included their comments. The very lucky winner of the Sisken Tote is Mich (Michvanetta)

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