About K.Slade

K.Slade is a classic American heritage brand, born from the desire for quality and simplicity. Founder Kelsea Slade established the brand in early 2010 in her hometown of Evansville, Indiana. Both under- and overwhelmed by the existing leather goods market, she sat down in her basement on a borrowed sewing machine and began personally crafting simple, timeless, and beautifully well-made pieces to fill the void.

In 2014, her pursuit of product integrity led her to be selected from a group of 100 designers for the "American Express Open Rising Stars of Fashion" award competition. Each of the designers was asked to create and complete a piece during the 3-day competition. Kelsea created the competition-winning piece: a bag that is still featured in her line today.

Now in it's fourteenth season, K.Slade's success has intensified Kelsea's love of American-made products and strengthened her partnerships with local artisans. Continuing to personally and intentionally design every piece in her small Indiana studio, the K.Slade collection always reflects her vision, her elegant styling, and her love for her craft. She trusts fair-paid, talented leather artisans in Chicago, Illinois to skillfully craft every piece using the highest-quality hides, cloth and hardware available.Fueled by design and product integrity, the results are spirited and long-lasting lifestyle goods that are truly made to hold.