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Kipling Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Kipling Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

September 8, 2017

Happy accidents can lead to great things. And for Kipling®, a happy accident is how it all began.

Kipling Monkey

Fast Facts

  • Kipling is sold in 67 countries
  • Kiplings name is derived from famed
    author, Rudyard Kipling
  • Every 2 seconds a Kipling bag is sold
  • 35 million women have bought
    Kipling since 1987

Two young designers, Paul Van de Velde and Xavier Kegels, accidentally discovered crinkled nylon fabric in a loom and knew they had found something special. Thirty years later, Kipling has become an iconic bag maker, known for its fun, colorful designs and practicality.

Now available in more than 60 countries, Kipling has continued to expand its reach and design bags that fit every lifestyle. Kipling’s founders are proud that their bags, suitable for occasions from every day to travel, were an extension of the women who carried them.

To commemorate the 30th anniversary, the brand has created a special collection of bags featuring new designs.

“To celebrate this milestone, we are launching a unique collection of tote bags that feature designs from some of the world’s most influential female artists,” said Gwenda van Vliet, Global Marketing Director, Kipling. “They have played with our loved icon, the monkey, and with the other typical Kipling elements like color, fun and creativity. 

In Europe, Kipling is asking its customers, fans and followers to help celebrate on social media using the hashtag #30YearsKipling. The brand is also asking consumers to send homemade birthday cards and original creations for a chance to win a free Kipling designer bag.

In Asia, Kipling celebrated by holding events in Hong Kong, Taipei and Beijing and created a Kipling 30th anniversary microfilm on the brand’s history.

Learn more about Kipling’s history and view bags from its 30th anniversary collection.