In FLORENCE, ITALY
The family operated factory has Artisans that have been crafting their trade for decades. We focus on handmade quality while using the finest materials.
WHY & HOW IT ALL STARTED
WALKER + OLSON WAS FOUNDED BASED ON SIMPLE PRINCIPLES; TO OFFER FABULOUS, HIGH QUALITY DESIGNER HANDBAGS MANUFACTURED IN ITALY AT EXCEPTIONAL / UNHEARD OF PRICES. EVERY WOMAN DESERVES TO HAVE ACCESS TO HIGH-END DESIGNER HANDBAGS. POST-LUXURY IS HERE TO STAY.
Just like many other ideas and companies, ours started with a problem that seems to have been around since the beginning of high-end department stores. Handbags are simply too expensive. Not only did Kevin Walker (Founder) grow up with three sisters and witnessed firsthand through many of his friends, the lengths women would go to in order to own a high-end handbag; forego the vacation, the new car, save up for a year etc. The majority of the high-end luxury handbags costs anywhere from $1,800 – $5,000+ and were/are only affordable by the wealthy. Kevin saw this large divide and knew women didn’t want to over pay any longer for a high-end designer handbag and knew there had to be a better way…
From the time a handbag goes from idea to the manufacturer to department stores, it is marked up 8-12 times and the customer is paying an outrageous amount of money to own the brand name, not a high quality handbag.
In addition Kevin noticed that brands had several different levels of price and quality with the highest quality costing the most and out of reach for most consumers.
While working for one of the licensees at Calvin Klein, Kevin learned a lot about the design process and the many steps and layers that went into this iconic brand.
As it turns out in the handbag industry, the majority of high-end brands operate in a similar way. Several layers of markup take place before it reaches the department store and then eventually the end consumer.
Throughout the years Kevin has always had a passion for design and knew there had to be a better way to put high-end handbags in the hands of women everywhere at a fraction of the price without giving up quality.
He saw the shift in the conscious shopper; women want that luxury handbag but are not willing to pay prices that are from another universe. Through our unique partnership & pricing model we bring our handbags directly from our Italian manufacture to your doorstep.
To accomplish this Kevin created the brand walker+olson. By creating its own brand and growing the brand based on what women want and eliminating the layers of R&D, licensing, distribution and warehousing along with designing their handbags in house, walker+olson is taking their concept directly to the consumer, we are able to offer exceptional quality and great design without the consumer paying the price of a vacation for a handbag.
The final key ingredient was to find the right manufacturer and not go to China or other countries that don’t pay attention to quality. The only thing that made since was to go to Italy and find the right manufacturer that understands what goes into making a Prada, Gucci, Valentino or Chloe bag, and the list goes on. It was critical we find a manufacturer that saw and understood our vision of the new business model and what we are trying to accomplish; to make high quality Italian leather handbags available to every woman at a fair price.
After meeting with several family operated manufacturers in Italy we found the perfect fit with a family operated factory in Florence, Italy with Artisans that have been crafting their trade for decades passing their knowledge down from generation to generation. We were lucky enough to bring onto our team one of the most renowned Master Artisan’s the industry has known. Paolo has worked for almost 20 years for one of the most prestigious brands in the world. His eye for detail is impeccable and his ability to teach the next up and coming generation is like watching an Artist paint an incredible painting but Paolo’s canvas is leather! We focus on handmade quality while using the finest materials. Our Artisans use high quality Italian Calf Leather along with top quality custom designed hardware and with their talent and passion for detail, make each bag an exquisite fashion piece. Through our experienced Artisan’s eye for detail we are bringing the finest Italian made handbags directly to you without the middleman.
Our handbags let women make a statement with any outfit for any occasion. A beautiful well-crafted handbag is an extension of a woman’s personality.
The first Luxury – Without The Luxury Price handbag company was born.