New York, New York - One year after launching her eponymous label, Minza Khan decided to design a handbag depicting the broken Syrian landscape and named it Children in Crisis. This year the 24-year-old designer will donate all proceeds from the sale of the Children in Crisis bag to UNICEF.
Minza launched her online store with twelve unique designs; including one to aid the Syrian crisis. The Syrian bag depicts Syrian landmarks, some of which date back to the 11th century. Due to the conflict, many of these historic landmarks have been destroyed in the past five years. Khan will donate all proceeds from the sale of the bags to children in Syria through UNICEF.
“Many of the pieces in our line are inspired by eastern architecture,” Khan said. “Syria has some of the oldest churches and mosques in the world and it’s painful to see the destruction of these irreplaceable sites. Unfortunately, it is even more painful to see the destruction of human lives, especially those of children. We hope to raise awareness and fund a better future. We work for a more hopeful version of our world,” she added.
Before the launch of her brand, Khan decided women need quality handbags that are beyond ordinary. The brand is defined by its handmade bags and incorporates the ideals of social responsibility, luxury, and escapism. The embroidery is meticulously hand sewn by talented artisans in India. Khan deconstructs and redefines the boundaries of fashion aesthetics by combining classic western silhouettes with South Asian craftsmanship.
"I started drawing and designing from an early age," Khan said. "I was born and raised in America by Pakistani parents so I appreciate the South Asian culture and handicraft. I incorporate the beautiful ancient techniques into our handbags.”
To preserve the character of each design, Khan produces limited quantities of each style. The brand’s signature elements include mirror-work, pearls, crystals, velvet lining, and the ancient technique of metallic thread embroidery known as zardozi.
"I focus on small details and I truly believe that each bag is a piece of art," Khan said. "At the same time, our concept is an affordable luxury. We want our products to be affordable but without compromising beauty or quality."
Minza handbags are currently available online and provide free shipping on domestic orders.
To see more of Khan’s work, visit: www.minzkahan.com
About the Brand
Founded in August 2015 by Minza Khan, Minza is about being a socially responsible brand that incorporates traditional South Asian craftsmanship, the finest materials and modern technique. Our collections are comprised of clutches with detachable chains. Our handmade handbags can be seen in the following:
• July 2016 British Vogue
• August 2016 British Vogue
• August 2016 British GQ
• August 2016 British Elle
• October 2016 UK Glamour
About the Founder
Minza Khan was born in Kansas City, Kansas and raised in Houston, Texas. She attended University at the University of Texas at Austin and has a journalism and fashion background. She grew up with an interest in painting and designing clothing. After working in the media industry, Khan decided to utilize her creative skills to create and innovate.
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Company Name: Minza LLC
Contact Person: Minza Mishal Khan
Address:PO Box 20180
City: New York
State: NY 10017-0180
Country: United States