Founded by three passionate and enterprising men in Antwerp: Paul Van de Velde, Vincent Haverbeke and Xavier Kegels in 1987, the name KIPLING was inspired by Rudyard KIPLING who wrote “The Jungle Book” and films such as “Out of Africa” and stands for the spirit of fun and adventure.
The crinkle nylon was created the same year. It was a happy accident that during the dying process the materials overheated, leaving the nylon used in their design crinkled. Deciding to embrace the error, this textural effect has become a signature of KIPLING’s handbag designs and has been used in the functional and durable bags ever since.
Armed with a strong brand, a powerful image, and an extensive range of fashionable, practical and high quality bags, KIPLING has been busy conquering the world over the last 30 years.
The brand was established in Antwerp, Belgium and is part of the ‘Outdoor’ group of the VF Corporation, a world player famous for its well-known brands, such as EASTPAK, Jansport, Napapijri, Reef, Vans, The North Face, Lee, Wrangler and Timberland.
KIPLING is now sold in over 60 countries around the world and is part of the lives of more than 35 million women throughout the world.
In 2017, the brand celebrates 30 years of stylish functionality.