The brand was started seven years ago when its founder, Ethan Koh (above), was still a student at the London College of Fashion. As a fourth-generation member of the family behind Heng Long International, one of the world’s most established tanneries, Koh knows his leather. As a child, he spent most of his time in factories, and by the age of 13, he was already equipped with the skills to make his first handbag.
Why know it
It’s a unique commodity: Not everyone can get their hands on an Ethan K. Given the rarity of crocodile skins and how each bag is hand-crafted, a limited number of bags are made each year.
It’s a brand for the woman who has it all, and wants more than just branded goods. In his own words: “My creations are for the nonconformists and imaginatives. They’re a true result of cultural and couture dialogues.”
While the business is based in London, Koh still counts himself very much a Singaporean and pays homage to the rich cultures of Asia through his use of vibrant colours – in his Spring/Summer ’16 collection, there’s a bright orange crocodile skin handbag with hot pink handles (above), and a metallic silver bag with the front flap in a neon pink hue.
An explosion of glitter, sequins and druzies. Its latest collection, which is currently on display in the Harrods windows (above), features the largest porous skin bag priced at £88,000 (approximately S$156,617), and a handbag with a strap encrusted with semi-precious stones such as amethysts, coral and pink howlites.
Where to buy
At Malmaison by The Hour Glass in Singapore, Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, and Harrods in London.