Couture Carryall: Fashion Model Alek Wek Designs Luxury Handbags

By Campbell, Denise | Black Enterprise, September 2006 | Go to article overview

Couture Carryall: Fashion Model Alek Wek Designs Luxury Handbags


Campbell, Denise, Black Enterprise


For more than a decade, Alek Wek has been adorned by fashion masters such as Valentino, Chanel, and Dior. With her dark visage and klieg-light smile, the unconventional Sudanese beauty illuminates international runways and advertising campaigns, turning the fashion industry's idea of marketable beauty on its head.

Though part of an industry that discards women at lightning speed, Wek has never perceived herself as disposable. Perhaps she's been able to keep her meteoric rise to fashion celebrity in perspective. Fleeing a worn-torn country with your parents and eight siblings can do that.

"My mother said we need not sit in pity about what war has done to us." says Wek, who gained refugee status in Great Britain at the age of 12. "To have this opportunity, in light of my family's struggles, made me want to create something lasting and relevant."

In 2001, Wek started her own company, ALEK WEK1933 Ltd., under Which she designs a line of handbags and accessories. The legacy of her family's triumph over adversity infuses her work, and her line is named in honor of the year her father was born. "I wanted to have a medium that would allow the artist in my heart to evolve," says Wek.

Functional and durable, the WEK1933 bags are defined by Wek's experience: citizen of the world, chic, earthy. "I live all sorts of lives, from evening dresses to Timberlands. …

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