In part two of our ongoing designer interview series, we had the pleasure of meeting the awarded accessories designer Devi Kroell. With all the hype surrounding the person, the omnipresent name, the industry recognition for her work, Vlad and I had a tingling feeling of nervousness entering the building in which we were scheduled to meet her at. Her showroom was literally packed with accessories from her current lineup, fall collections, big shipping boxes and a handful of computer desks occupied by Devi’s busy staff, scouring media and working PR contacts. There was not much room to navigate, but we were assured that the operation was going to move to a bigger showroom soon. As long as there was a place for us to view all of the beautiful handbags, we were happy.

Devi KroellRight as she entered the room, we felt quite at ease. The young designer struck us as amazingly chic and stunning, and well-spoken with a hint of an accent. ‘You are Austrian, does that mean you speak German?’ Vlad asked to break the ice. Devi, it turns out, does speak German fluently, along with half a dozen other languages, including Indonesian. As Devi and Vlad conversed in German for a few minutes, I smiled and felt my lack of worldliness becoming disadvantageous.

We learned that Devi has lived around the world, from Europe to Far-East Asia and taken in inspiration from the various cultures, places, and people she had seen and met. Her designs are sleek and clean, offering exciting exotics that come together divinely. The designer is probably best known for her box clutches, slouchy hobos, and exotic roots. In fact, Devi took a risk and entered the luxury exotics market before exotics were the next big thing. The risk has definitely paid off and turned her elegant and chic style into the well-known brand that it is today.

We sat down for 45 minutes and learned more about Devi, the person and the designer. Enjoy!

Share Your Thoughts With Us

  • katy

    Thanks for the interview! I love her bags! :smile:

  • pjh

    I have loved her bags since the first time I saw Jessica Simpson with that gold python hobo. She was sitting at a dinner table and started unloading it to find her black American Express card! HAhahaha. They have grown in my mind since. I love them and I love this lady. What a business inspiration!

  • Lynda

    She is AMAZINGLY talented! Thank you for sharing this interview with us. BTW, I’m with Vlad, that orange croc hobo — droolworthy!

  • aa

    Thanks for the interview!

  • vivi

    Such a good interview, and great pictures. Nice job!

  • Rose

    Nice. I like Devi Kroell’s bags. I got her limited edition clutches that she did for Target and those were great. I put away my more expensive designer pieces. BTW-It’s Lang no e.

  • m

    Hmm.. her Cartable bag in Ostrich kind of reminds me of YSL Besace Messenger bag.

  • dimon

    Dear M – You probably know this already, but the term “besace” in French means mailbag or messenger bag, it is not a proper noun like “Birkin”. The term “cartable” which Devi would know because she speaks French, is a French school kid’s classic book bag and they always have this same form with a large flap that covers the entire body of the bag, squarish/rectangular shape and with two closures on the front. So, when YSL or Devi Kroell use these terms it is like when we say in English “frame bag”, or “clutch bag” or “messenger bag”! :wink:

  • Camilla

    :razz: Devi Kroell’s bags are the MOST amazing thing out there, nobody makes them like she does. She is beautiful, sweet and so talented. Sorry Lilo, I think you are alone out there with your bitter opinion :evil:

  • Glamgirl

    Great piece, thank you so much for shedding some light into this mystery designer brand…

  • Amy

    LOVE LOVE LOOOOOVE Devi Kroell, thank you for bringing this!!!

  • sarah

    love the bags, sexy and classy…mostly the Classic Large Hobo in Crocodile orange

  • Violetta Purple

    I love Art Deco… I love snakeskin… and therefore I love Devi’s Handbag’s!

    The Large Hobo in Black Anthracite gives me the freedom to take everything with me in the morning, when I don’t know, if I come home in the evening! Inside I always carry a smaller evening bag – I adore her New Python Pochette in purple – for a dinner or theater-date: perfect couple!

    Her bags are always glamorous – but always elegant and outstanding!

  • utborn

    Hands down the Roman Tote Large with Zipper in Red Crocodile is the best bag on the site. Of course all the shoes are wonderful as well.

  • Lindsey Hannibal

    I love the Roman Tote Large with Zipper in Red Crocodile….It’s fantastic!! I love all of your bags on this site but that was my favorite. Your doing a wonderful job with all you dohoney, keep it up!!

  • I love the Roman Tote Large with Zipper in Red Crocodile….It’s fantastic!! I love all of your bags on this site but that was my favorite. Your doing a wonderful job with all you do honey, keep it up!!

  • Chloe

    Devi is amazing! I love her stuff. Check out her shoes too.