In 2014 the eclectic Italian entrepreneur Bianca Imbembo founded Kilesa with the intent to communicate to other women through he creations and to create a project in which the passion for fashion, her Neapolitan roots and her creative and volcanic personality converge.
Each woman carries her world in the bag she wears and, on this awareness, Bianca built the Kilesa universe. A universe made of elegance, femininity and courage. A work driven by passion, desire for innovation and continuous research.
Bianca is a woman who knows how to choose, an uncommon gift. In the midst of her successful career as a manager, she meets her future husband and made her first big life choice: she decided to raise her children and dedicate herself to them. She left her job and cultivated her passions, studied English and eventually started looking into the world of fashion thanks to a few entrepreneurial friends. When her children were older, and she was in her forties, she decided to get back in the game. She studied and sought out specialized knowledge to help her realizes her dream: a line of handbags of her own.
“I focused on international markets, on web sales and on the recycling of materials when no one believed in it yet!”
Bianca started from scratch, without the classic family legacy that distinguishes many Made in Italy companies.
In 2013 she began her research and in 2014 she presented her PET handbag at the Milan Expo. Made with felt obtained from recycling PET, each bag turned eight plastic bottles into an elegant and smart handbag, finished with naturally tanned leather. With this creation, she was at the forefront of fashion.
Later she started to design using more fine leather, and with intuition and courage, she focused on foreign markets and on web sales, where she received great feedback from buyers. She is selling in Paris, Shanghai, Japan, and finally, at the most important international leather goods and fashion accessories show, Mipel, in Milan.
“Bags and shoes are the final pieces of a painting, a painting of the Italian woman!”
The name Kilesa draws inspiration from Oriental philosophy, in which the “Kilesa” are the mental obstacles that the human being encounters in an attempt to achieve a set goal. Only courage, the desire for freedom and a strong and resilient spirit can allow overcoming these obstacles and these are the characteristics of mind that constantly guide the work of the Kilesa universe.
The representative symbol is therefore the lotus flower, which is able to regenerate and thrive in conditions of adversity, just as women can shine even in the midst of difficulties, thanks to their innate vital energy.
Kilesa is thus a tribute to women, to their magical and sacred power and to their ability to spread so much beauty and strength. A brand in which all women recognize themselves, because all women are Kilesa women.
Kilesa is a name that originates from Eastern philosophy and indicates mixed feelings such as anxiety, fear, determination or ambition- dangerous feelings that must be tempered with meditation practice. Bianca saw herself and her strength in Kilesa, and by taking a chance, and believing in her dream, she created a line for a woman who knows what she wants.
The Kilesa woman is modern and ambitious and isn’t afraid to take risks. She loves to get creative with accessories, and respects the environment, without ever losing sight of elegance and quality of manufacturing. In fact, Kilesa bags are as perfect in detail as their founder is precise and a perfectionist.
Kilesa has always carried out its work in the fashion sector through production processes compatible with environmental protection, respect for natural resources and the enhancement of raw materials.
Kilesa bases the quality of the work on respect of eco-sustainable issues and Made in Italy quality. Each phase of creation process follows specific requirements on the safety of the product and the workplace, respect for the environment and ascertain the usage of the raw materials of Italian origin. Kilesa, in fact, has obtained the certifications of the Integrated Quality and Environment Management System ISO9001: 2008 and ISO14001: 2004 in addition to the 100% Italian handicraft quality certification according to the IT01 System requirements.
Attention and respect for the environment become the protagonists of the FW 2020/2021 collection, for which the Eco-Bag Kilesa was created with felt made from recycled plastic and natural colors of leather.
AWARDS AND PARTICIPATIONS
For its innovative verve and eco-sustainable commitment, Kilesa has received important Awards and Recognitions such as:
- The 2013 Best Practices Innovation Award conferred by Confindustria for innovation both in the choice of materials and in the diffusion of the Brand through “2.0 communication”
- Participation as an Official Partner at the Top Digital Influencer event held in Milan in May2015;
- Participation in the Designer to Distributors meeting organized by the AssoModa di Milano and by the Milan Chamber of Commerce, where he received two awards in May 2014;
- Participation in the most important international exhibitions, including the prestigious Who’s Next in Paris, The Micam-Shanghai, the Italy-Tokyo Fashion and Mipel Showroom Seoul.