About Kipling

KIPLING is a fashion brand founded in 1987 in Antwerp, Belgium. Kipling brand is part of VF Corporation since 2004. Their most famous collection is Basic, recognizable from its crinkle nylon fabric and its monkey zipper. Kipling sells handbags, backpacks, totes, luggage and accessories

How did it all start?

Our tale is one of great passion and creativity (plus the odd stroke of luck!) that goes back to the spring of '87. That as the year when three young designer pals in Antwerp stumbled upon a happy accident on a loom and discovered crinkled nylon fabric... and voila, the idea for Kipling was born. Having hit upon a winning formula they wasted no time in creating the affordable, sportly and functional bags and lifestyle essentials that have gone on to become wardrobe favourites for women in 65 countries across the world.

Where does the name come from?

You've probably heard of The Jungle Book written by the well-travelled English author Rudyard Kipling. Well, for our three friends, Kipling and his classic tale perfectly summed up the spirit of fun and adventure that they wanted to bring to bags and accessories. Oh, oobee doo, it's true!

What about the Monkeys?

With our name coming from an author famed for tales filled with imaginative animals - monkeys included - we wanted to make sure this playful spirit could always shine through. And so the Kipling Monkey was born! Now our iconic furry mascot is attached to everything we make, and each one of them is named after one of our amazing employees from around the world. These days we even offer boxed collectibles with fun themes such as the Royal Baby Monkey, Country Monkeys, and more.

Kipling Collaborations

Since 2006, our spirit of playful adventure has led us to collaborate with some of the most exciting young designers around. These fashion-forward special collections have seen us work with fresh global talent including Cathy Pill (Belgium), El Delgado Buil (Spain), Gloria Coelho (Brazil), Girls from Omsk (Belgium), Helena Christensen (Denmark) and Peter Pilotto (UK). Who'll be next? Keep your eyes peeled!

Today

Now you know all about our brand

The Kipling

The Monkey

With our name coming from an author famed for tales filled with imaginative animals - monkeys included - we wanted to make sure this playful spirit could always shine through. And so the Kipling Monkey was born! Now our iconic furry mascot is attached to everything we make, and each one of them is named after one of our amazing employees from around the world. These days we even offer boxed collectibles with fun themes such as the Royal Baby Monkey, Country Monkeys, and more.

Year by Year

  • 1986: The original founders of Kipling decided to create a new bags company.
  • 1987: Kipling company was founded in Antwerp, Belgium.
  • 1987: The first Kipling bags were delivered in Belgium.
  • 1989: Kipling Netherlands founded.
  • 1992: Kipling basic was created.
  • 1993: Kipling first sold in Italy, USA and begins an international expansion.
  • 1993-1999 : Expansion of Kipling retail stores in Belgium and internationally.
  • 2003: The first independent Kipling partnership store opens in Spain,thus launching a new sales channel
  • 2005: Acceleration of international expansion
  • 2005: New styles of bags
  • 2006: New brand positioning and new art direction. There was a campaign by photographer Serge Leblon. Kipling started advertising in fashion magazines in Europe.
  • 2007: New materials were introduced (leather, new fabric) and the new bag "Katie"
  • 2009: More than 215 Kipling stores operate worldwide in capitals like Paris, London, Hong Kong. First new concept store 'the House of Kipling' opens in Keyserlei 48, Antwerp, Belgium.
  • 2012: Kipling and eight artist, Sarah Illenberger, Rankin, Paul Graves, Alex Salinas, Javier Mariscal, Vincent Gapaillard, Li Wei and Prince Lauder collaborated on a bag "remix" project. Starting from Kipling's blue and red Classic bags, eight pieces of bag-art were shown.

Kipling & Jumairah Marketing

Jumairah Marketing (a wholly owned subsidiary of Bindawood Group of Companies) is the exclusive distributor of Kipling in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 2004. Kipling products are available at all leading Bindawood & Danube stores, in addition to major luggage retail stores and modern traders across the Kingdom. Kipling stand-alone stores can also be found in major malls of Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam & Khober.