About Designed by Kate

Kate Shanahan is a Sydney-based designer who creates beautiful, handcrafted bags from rescued materials. Her passion for upcycling and construction began with her work as a costume and set designer for theatre. She learned to be very resourceful by creating beautiful and whimsical pieces out of found materials.

"I love how an object can tell a story, especially if it has had another life!" says Kate.

Each bag from Designed by Kate is a unique, wearable piece of art. Kate carefully selects her materials, often using old oil paintings, pieces of leather, and fabrics that have been acquired over time. She then handcrafts each bag with care, using her skills as a costume and set designer to create something truly special.

Designed by Kate bags are not only beautiful, but they are also built to last. Kate uses only the highest quality materials and construction techniques, so you can be sure that your bag will last for years to come.

Whether you are looking for a special bag to carry your everyday essentials or a unique piece of art to add to your wardrobe, Designed by Kate has something for everyone. With her passion for upcycling and construction, Kate Shanahan creates bags that are both beautiful and sustainable.

Kate's bags are functional and stylish, so you can use them for everyday errands or special occasions, and they are made to last, so you can enjoy them for years to come.