The Yliana Yepez accessories house reflects the eclectic, cosmopolitan sensibility of its CEO ad creative director, Yliana Yepez. Melding class workmanship with luxury design, her handbags and small leather goods are geared to a woman much like Yliana herself — a young, successful businesswoman, wife and mother with a feminine and modern style.
Born in Paris and raised in Venezuela, Yliana became infatuated with fashion at an early age. She traveled the work with her parents, developing a keen eye for distinctive colours, textures and silhouettes. She had no interest in pursuing a more “tradition” career path that her parents preferred -her love was fashion and she was determined to find her way in the industry.
At 14, Yliana began a successful modeling career, appearing in TV commercials, runway shows and on magazine covers. She began making her own clothes an accessories and became aware of a need for accessible chic pieces. By the age of 23, she and a college friend launched BLUES by kyky that became one of the most popular accessory brands in Venezuela. Now, twenty years later, Yliana has embarked on a new path, building her own signature luxury accessories brand that is a reflection of her personality.
Yliana is involved with the Dimenna Children’s History Museum as well as other cultural and charitable organizations. She currently resides in New York with her husband and her children.
FALL WINTER 2013
After more than fifteen years as the designer of Venezuela’s most desirable handbags, Yliana Yepez is launching her signature collection in the United States that will debut for Fall/Winter 2013 on January 31st in New York.
” I am thrilled to have the opportunity to create pieces that speak to a city which is, to me, the most exciting and stimulating fashion capital of the world.” says Yepez, the company’s CEO an creative director. ” I welcome the challenge to design beautiful pieces that bring something new to New York”. In addition, Yepez said, “it gives me great personal satisfaction to design and manufacture handbags in the United States”. The collection reflect the designer’s eclectic, cosmopolitan sensibility. The 2013 fall/winter collection encompasses three groups: Getaway, Daytime and Evening.
The Getaway bags, including totes, hobos and backpacks, are designed to go on the perfect journey, whether it is a ski holiday in Aspen or a weekend in Paris. The color palette is rich and sophisticated, combining shade of deep burgundy, caramel and black, including some dramatic tie-dye prints. The Getaway bags are made of the highest quality Italian calf leathers.
The Daytime handbags range from clean-lined, structured pieces, including on oversized clutch in olive pebbled leather to softer styles like a roomy satchel in gray embossed python. These bags are hand-stitched and feature such details as panted edges, and custom designed hardware.
The Evening bag group contains chic, fun statement pieces, like clutch and cross-body mini styles, in gorgeous combination of metallic and embossed snake-printed leather. The high-glam, red carpet-ready bags, in classic barrel and box shapes, come in exotic skins — crocodile , python, and karung — and elegant shades, like shimmering gold and black. Custom bead tassel and sone closures complete the look.
All of Yliana’s pieces include her distinctive signature of details of “Y”, whether it is in the design of the bag itself or in the hardware. The leather pieces range from $400 to $1600 retail, and the limited exotic pieces are priced separately.
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