With a penchant for exotic materials and tactile textures, Katrina Wright has been creating her MIKAT accessories label since late 2011. Sizeable arm candy, ankle boots and customised leather jackets are on offer for winter, and are the perfect embodiment of Katrina's own bohemian aesthetic. As winner of the Debut Accessories award at last year's Fashion Exposed, we are looking forward to big things from this little local label.
TUL takes two with Kat…
TUL: When and why did you start your label?
Previous to starting MIKAT, I ran a successful eBay store selling leading Australian accessories brands, while working as a product/supply coordinator at a leading fashion retailer. I was always on the hunt for a statement quality leather handbag, and was constantly disappointed by what the market had to offer. When the opportunity arose for me to start my own leather accessories label in late 2011, I was so excited to be able to channel my own bohemian style, creativity and industry experience into original luxe designs for women to enjoy for seasons to come.
TUL: What, pray tell, does MIKAT stand for?
MIKAT is the amalgamation of the Italian word 'Mi' meaning me, and my nickname, 'Kat'.
TUL: What has been your biggest fashion faux pas over the years?
Keeping my long hair for so many years (it was almost to my belly button). I recently chopped it off to my shoulders and have no idea why I waited so long!
TUL: What are some easy ways we can all update our winter wardrobe?
ACCESSORISE! Accessories have the ability to instantly alter the look of any outfit. Throw on a gorgeous textured scarf, ankle boots and change up your bag to suit the occasion. Oh, and a coloured lip really goes a long way.
TUL: Tell us about your ss2013 collection?
Our SS13 Collection, P A N E L P O P, is a tribute to my stylish nana and stemmed from my favourite woven handbag inherited from her. This collection has a strong 70's influence with us taking inspiration from 70's supermodel, Lauren Hutton, and even shooting the campaign at Lunar Drive-In Dandenong. Our handbags, clutches, wallets and sandal collective features colour blocking, mixed textures, python snakeskins, tassle and plait detailing, and the introduction of wedges.
TUL: What's the best part about your job?
Work-life balance, flexibility and creative freedom.
TUL: Favourite season in Melbourne & why?
Definitely summer, for the Sunday sessions alone! Melbourne comes alive with festivals, markets and fun. Nothing better than going out without a jacket too!
TUL: How do you think Melbourne style differs from that in Sydney and Brissie?
Melbourne is more classic, refined and timeless. Melburnians dress to impress!
TUL: What are some of your fave spots in Melbourne to shop for accessories?
Design A Space in Windsor and Fitzroy support so many amazingly talented independent local designers, providing an exciting mix of fashion and accessories. I always find something to lust over there.
TUL: Where do you live, and what do you love most about the area?
I live in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and love the serenity and leafy tree-lined streets of this area.
TUL: Best way to spend 50 dollars in Melbourne?
Get a travel pass and hop on and off trams throughout the CBD and wander the endless laneways, treating yourself to a delicious treat or two in the many cafes Melbourne has to offer.
TUL: And the best way to spend 500 dollars in Melbourne?
A beautiful dinner with friends at Nobu Crown.
TUL: 3 places in Melbourne you couldn't live without?
The Botanical Gardens (for my morning run with my bestie, Bob), Bonbeach and, further afield, the Yarra Valley Wineries.
TUL: Favorite Melbourne coffee spot?
The Hardware Societe in Melbourne CBD.
TUL: Favorite Melbourne restaurant?
Teppanyaki Inn, Collins Street = AMAZING! Your personal chef cooks the best possible ingredients in a respectful manner (no throwing food at you here).
TUL: Place for a drink?
Riva in St Kilda - the view speaks for itself.
TUL: Latest Melbourne discovery?
Warrandyte Market - full of amazing local produce and talented artisans.
TUL: An old fave?
Still can't beat Lygon Street Carlton for amazing Italian food, or Victoria Street for cheap and cheerful Asian food.
TUL: Best way to while away a lazy Sunday in Melbourne?
A cruisy road trip down the peninsula to enjoy wine tasting and wood-fired pizza at T'Gallant winery.
TUL: Biggest Indulgence?
A Rest & Retreat 3 hour package at Aurora Spa in St Kilda = BLISS!
TUL: Fave city, other than Melbourne?
London and Sydney.
TUL: My last holiday was...
Snowboarding the picturesque mountains of Queenstown with a group of besties.
TUL: My next holiday will be...
In beautiful Vanuatu for our wedding next year! Yay!