Kipling was founded in 1987 in Antwerp, Belgium.
At Kipling, we believe in being seriously playful, positively stylish and delightfully carefree. our first priority is to assure you feel confident to live by your own rules with you in mind, we create bags and lifestyle accessories that are to designed to lighten your day. Kipling offers a colorful array of designer handbags, backpacks, luggage and accessories made for the gal on-the-go. Our products are lightweight , lasting and above all functional we create fun, colorful designs that are not slave to trends, because at Kipling we feel it is more important to have personal style than perfect style.
Kipling is part of the “sportswear” group of the VF Corporation, which also includes Nautica. In 2009 the total revenues of VF Corporation were $7,220 million. Kipling brand employs around 220 people in sales and marketing worldwide plus several hundred more people in VF support organizations and factories. Retail sales in 2009 were approximately €350 million. The brand directly employs in sales, marketing and design along with people in VF’s organizations and factories. The company operates 215 stores and 450 corners and shop-in-shops and sells through 4,000 multi-brand stores and websites.
Richard Macey is the company’s CEO. The company has opened retail stores in over 200 locations, including Paris, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and São Paulo. Its bags are also sold in over 500 corners and shop-in-shop inside department stores plus distribution in 4.200 multi-brand stores.
Kipling’s headquarters were moved in 2004 after the brand was bought by VF Corporation, and are since located in Bornem, Belgium.