Men’s fashion is somewhat a neglected section in the galleries of fashion. There are not too many brands that cater to this section, and especially towards men’s accessories. But there is a revolution happening which will soon engulf the fashion world in storm. As men have become more style conscious there have been some extremely cutting edge start-up’s that focus on high-end men’s accessories. Kurtis Paul is one such British brand that seeks to shatter the glass ceiling with their innovative designs and techniques. We have an exclusive tête-à-tête with Llyod Rayner the co-founder of the luxury brand.
1. When was the brand established? Any interesting anecdote as to why the brand came into formation?
Kurtis Paul is the luxury fashion brand catering for luggage requirements of The Modern Gentleman. Started in 2015 by two brother from Manchester, England, the brand is focused on making long-lasting, stylish bags and male accessories.
Kurtis Paul was born from the desire of Lloyd and Kurtis Rayner to revitalize an industry that had grown tired. The two brothers had spent previous life working for large corporate companies and felt like their creativity was being suppressed. With countless nights on the road and spending their down time traveling the world Lloyd and Kurtis had a deep understanding of the requirements of quality luggage. They themselves had tested a wide spectrum of the market. Having noticed that the luggage market had two extremities, the high street with its low prices and ‘one time wear’ practices or the designer ranges where most of the price was in the brand name and not necessarily the quality of the produce. From here it because their mission to plug the gap, to make products that oozed class, quality and sophistication but with a price tag that was reasonable.
2. Who are the founders? An introduction
The founder of Kurtis Paul was Lloyd and Kurtis Rayner. Bring from a close family has allowed the brothers to inject much passion into the brand, they understand the motives of the other and this allows them to work in complete harmony, working to their strengths. Kurtis is the stylish one, with an eye for material and an ability to make an item fulfill it’s true purpose. Lloyd is the go-getter, the one who brings it all together and makes Kurtis’s dreams a reality.
3. What does Kurtis Paul embody and represent?
Kurtis Paul represents a very special type of person, a person they define as ‘The Modern Gentleman’.
The Modern Gentleman is someone with a clear sense of being, he understands his role within the world and is determined to become the best version of himself. He is motivated by continuous development and spends much of his down time on activities that lead to self improvement. This man has a love of travel and enjoys the experience of different cultures. He understands that to truly motivate people you must first understand them and by experiencing many different cultures he is widening his reach. Finally The Modern Gentleman takes great pride in his appearance, he understands that a healthy body is required to ensure he can fulfill his busy lifestyle. This man is always looking sharp as he never knows when opportunities may arise.
4. What can we shop from Kurtis Paul? Tell us something about the luxury leather collection?
The Kurtis Paul product range can be viewed in two halves, luggage and accessories.
Made up of two ranges, Leather Luggage and the Canvas Collection. Leather Luggage is created from a luxurious top grain cattle hide and finished with brass brass fixtures. The Canvas Collection is crafted from a beautiful 20oz cotton fabric and like the leather is also finished with the hard wearing brass fixtures. Across these two product ranges is a bag to suit every requirement for the modern man, whether looking for an overnight bag, office briefcase or gym bag we have the perfect product.
Exclusive Kurtis Paul Accessories Collection
Every man needs a way of accessorising his daily life. From a waxy top grain cattle hide we have created the three, perfect, male accessories. A wash bag to hold the cosmetics used for the morning rituals, a classy laptop sleeve to protect the most valuable office item and a sophisticated pencil case built with the boardroom in mind.
5. Future plans for Kurtis Paul
The future is looking good for Kurtis Paul. We will continue focusing on why we exist, to bring style to a tired industry and through this we will always focus on what is at our core, high quality. In terms of future products, we have recently launched the much anticipated Canvas Collection and will continue giving that the attention it deserves. As a brand we do not believe in product for products sake, we believe that every item must have a purpose and be created with the intent to solve a problem. When the next problem arises we shall get our creative minds together and find a way to answer it, beautifully.
6. What do you feel is the future of men’s fashion ?
In recent years there has been a tendency for the consumer to gravitate towards cheaper, easy access fashion. The high street springs to mind. I believe that as we become more conscious of environmental impact people will care less about quantity and more about quality, there will be a tendency to spend more on an item that will last.
7. What is the KP model plan for the buyers? Elaborate..
Members receive a special discount, 10% off their order and get exclusive access to new designs before they are available for general purchase.
8. Who would you love to style and why?
Our dream fashion model would be George Clooney. This man has an understated sophistication and oozes class. If we could style anyone, this would be him.