Meet Ximena Kavalekas
Ximena Kavalekas is a Miami-based brand specialized in handmade python accessories. Being named after the designer Ximena Kavalekas, the brand launched in late 2015, and it has quickly gained popularity within national and international fashion connoisseurs due to the impeccably fine quality and elegant designs of the luxurious pieces, which are created and fully embellished in python skin and then imported from Italy to the office headquarters located in Miami, Fl.
Born and raised in Ecuador, to parents who she recalls always taught her that the quality and time invested into an item is what counts most in its success, Ximena’s journey through design and fashion began in Tuscany, Italy, during the mid-1990’s. While living in Florence for six years, she attended Academia Italiana and Instituto Polimoda as a student. After graduating in 2000, Ximena moved to Miami, where she worked in the fashion industry, through buy and sell of accessories at trunk shows. She later put aside her business of designing and distributing goods, and she focused on being a hands-on mom, volunteering at her children’s school and dedicating her full time to them.
Her memorable love affair with Florence, however, was revived when an old friend from college reached out in early 2015 with an idea of working with Ximena. In the same year, she flew back to the Italian city to reconnect with her. With the sight of the infrastructure in the old Italian neighborhoods, the exquisite tannery refining the natural beauty of the exotic python skin produced in her friend’s factory and an internal creative instinct that never silences, ideas flowed and were put down on paper. In one night, the first collection of handbags was designed, and they would later be sold in Miami.
On October 2015, Ximena began selling the accessories her children’s school, yet she never imagined that the beauty, unique design, and elegance in her pieces – that at the time she sold for no more than $200 – would soon bring her vast popularity and would turn her into one of the most talked about Latin American designers coming out of Miami.
By word of mouth, the Ximena Kavalekas brand began to gain recognition, catching the attention of elite fashion bloggers, stylists and celebrities in Miami and worldwide. In June 2016, just eight months after her launch, Ximena received an e-mail from Bergdorf Goodman with an offer she could not turn down. The display and sale of her accessories at the luxury retail department store would quickly catapult the brand into a high-end retail accessory that would later be compared and recommended in magazines with other brands such as Chanel and Gucci.
Today – just about two and a half years later – the Ximena Kavalekas headquarters remain in Miami, with all imported accessories embellished in their signature quality python skins, injected with a patented vitamin combination, making them soft and light while in the hands of expert Italian craftsmen.
With about 30 styles designed on the inspiration from day-to-day items such as perfume bottles, binoculars, “grandma bags,” and jewelry boxes, in a variety of colors and metallic sprays that are sure to please each consumer and their individual taste, Ximena Kavalekas handbags are available for purchase at Bergdorf Goodman, Net-a-Porter, Bloomingdales Middle East, Stanley Korsha and Moda Operandi.