ABOUT THE DESIGNER
Decades in the making, Arms Of Eve gives life to the many pencil sketches that have been living within the pages of Kerryn’s travel journals and sketch books, dating from her early beginnings in Johannesburg, to Sydney, Los Angeles, and beyond.
Inspiration for AOE comes from deep within Kerryn’s history and heritage. From the earliest age she was embraced and influenced by her two greatest teachers- her mother and grandmother. As she learned from their incredible ability to make objects of beauty by hand and with her African heritage at her fingertips, Kerryn fell in love with tribal textiles. When she migrated to Sydney’s serene shoreline, she brought these tribal influences with her heart. Through AOE, Kerryn has found a way to merge her heritage with her home, finding harmony within a bohemian-beach lifestyle.
Finding her way into fashion design was a natural progression for Kerryn. On graduating from the Whitehouse Institute of Design in Sydney, Kerryn’s first career opportunity was as lead designer for Bracewell (an iconic Australian women’s lifestyle brand), designing seasonal collections that took her on great adventures to Europe’s textile fairs and to the Indian subcontinent.
After moving to Los Angeles with her American husband, Kerryn launched her self-titled women’s wear label, Kerryn Leigh, supplying boutiques across North America. Two kids and eight years later, Kerryn returned to Australian shores with her family in tow, impassioned that Sydney would be the perfect place, and this was the right time for Arms Of Eve.
AOE is an extremely personal journey that has come to fruition through Kerryn’s passion for travel, love of food, obsessive thirst to collect and curate beautiful objects, and her insatiable appetite to interact with and learn from others. With a desire to create artisanal adornments through the revitalisation of traditional handmade techniques from around the world, each piece is a love letter to the modern woman. Ethically handcrafted and empowering women to sustain their timeless craft, Arms Of Eve chronicles a place, a time and a people.