Aesther Ekme is an accessories brand founded in 2016, the word ‘Ekme’ hailing from Crimean Tatar describing a traditional shoulder bag, whilst ‘Aesther’ derives from classicism. Together, and subliminally, the name reads as ‘classic bags’.
The notion of subliminal lives throughout Aesther Ekme designs, which purify and elevate classic shapes. Trimmings, patterns and hardware, all devices commonly used to create signature bags are removed, realising quality, accessible leather goods that do not overwhelm their wearer, but instead enable her possibilities.
Drawing on the allure of timelessness, Aesther Ekme is nevertheless a product of today’s panoramic, global attitude, designed by creative director and founder, Stephane Park.
Born in São Paulo, Park completed her business studies in 2007, graduating in fashion design from Parsons, New York. She has worked in the accessories department at Alexander Wang and was awarded first place in the Coach handbag competition of 2012.
Adding a masters degree from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2015, where she focused on leather accessories, Park is based in Copenhagen and continues to work internationally.