Simplicity in style is hard to find. But for Sarah Law, the designer behind the gorgeously simple leather handbag brand KARA, it’s the lavish and maximal that inspires her minimalist designs. Born in Hong Kong but living in New York City, Sarah is no foreigner to Chinese culture and not one to shy away from the excess of city life. Alongside the eye of The Coveteur, Sarah took her Inspiration Trip to W Beijing, exploring the temples, markets, and overall extravagance of the Chinese capital.
From the sculptured streets of Beijing to the historic curves of the Great Wall, exploring the sights of the city is best done by foot. Old architecture, new design and stunning street art make every corner a potential for creative inspiration.
The cuisine of Beijing is a cultural staple of the city, bringing people together over steaming pots of soup and noodles, delicious street-side delicacies and colorful sweet treats. Sarah wasn’t afraid to take some risks and try all types of cuisines around the city, from Yunnan mushroom dishes to succulent Peking duck.
Textures are everywhere in the bustling Chinese city, from the historic walls of the ornate temples to the many trinkets inside the Panjiayaun Market. No better way to experience a new place than hands-on.
It was the season of color while Sarah was visiting Beijing, with cherry blossoms blooming and the vivid details of the architecture gleaming in the spring sunshine. We wouldn’t be surprised if some of these hues made it into her next collection’s color pallette.
In the inspired setting of Beijing, Sarah’s bags are the perfect accessory, bringing together pristine design with active functionality. It was only right that she could show off some of the KARA bags at W Beijing – Chang’an, giving back a bit of the inspiration she was sure to take away.