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Hands up people…. How many bags do you own? We are bordering on the obsessive here at Saffron Souk but seriously for every occasion there is a special bag requirement, and these Lou Harvey numbers tick all the boxes for keeping your cool!  

Thank you Kathryn for bringing this fab South African brand to the UAE. Our gift-giving status has gone up ten-fold and our beach kit has never looked so good.

If you want to join us in the accessories style stakes, pop on over to the Lou Harvey UAE online boutique now for a browse, but we recommend you get to know the Lou Harvey local agent, Kathryn Hawkes, a little first. If you are anything like us you may be able to relate to her relationship with ZipLoc bags (we can definitely see where the affinity with the flamboyant Lou Harvey laminated items comes from)…..

2. Lou Harvey UAE… our go-to boutique for fun and practical beach bags, cosmetic cases, coolers, nappy bags and much more! 3. Some of the striking beach bags that caught our eye…

What sort of products do you sell?
I am the UAE agent for Lou Harvey, a South African brand of bags and lifestyle accessories.
When did you decide to start your own enterprise? Selling?
I received a Lou Harvey nappy bag as a gift when I had my first child and the bag received an extraordinary amount of attention. Strangers would actually stop me and ask where they could get one. It got me thinking about making the bags accessible here in Dubai. When I contacted Lou Harvey I found out that they actually already had an agent in place but a few months later they got back in touch to say that the agency was available if I was still interested.
Any exciting news to share?
Yes! The new Lou Harvey collection is being released in South Africa at the end of August and should be available here sometime in September. I have had a sneak peek at some of the fabrics and they are fabulous!

Separately, I am in the process of setting up a little service that will offer personalized designs for party invitations, birth announcements, greeting cards… or anything you like, really!  Watch this space. 

A few samplers of what the Lou Harvey UAE online boutique sells on … we can’t wait to see the new collection hitting their store in in September! 4. Small Cosmetic Bag 5. Clip Purse 6. Long Tom Cooler Bag 7. Beach Bag 8. Small Beach Bag 9. Large Cosmetic Bag. 

What’s your favourite colour?
That changes fairly often. I’m currently obsessing over duck egg blue – it’s sneaking into all areas of my home.
What’s your favourite film?
Last year sometime I watched Wanderlust with a friend and I don’t know when last I laughed that much. That definitely stands out as a favourite now.

10. Kathryn’s favourite film at the moment ‘Wanderlust’. We loved the film as well (and had a sad chuckle about the baggage reference! Sorry everyone… we scare ourselves with our ridiculousness sometimes).

What are you reading right now?
I honestly can’t admit to having read much since having kids. I struggle to find the time. I do however spend a lot of time in front of my iMac and somehow always find myself trawling through various design & décor blogs… does that count?
When did you last laugh?
I laugh at my kids every day!
What keeps you awake at night?
My over-active mind.
Do you have any regrets?
I’m a true believer in the fact that everything happens for a reason which I guess is synonymous with having no regrets. That said, I would be lying if I said I don’t often wish I had studied design of some sort, probably interior design, as that is my real passion. 

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d have more patience.
Who would you most like to meet?
My paternal grandparents who had both passed away before I was born.
Do you collect anything?
My husband would tell you that I ‘collect’ dresses… because I have a habit of buying them and never really wearing them. I love the idea of wearing dresses but I feel like a fish out of water in them. It takes a big effort on my part.

11. Kathryn confesses to collecting dresses (which we think is a fabulous idea) however we can’t help think that maybe extends to bags? Look at that fab line-up of Lou Harvey UAE Bags at the beach.

Do you believe in luck?
Not so much. I am more of a believer in fate.
Do you have a motto?
Treat others as you’d like to be treated. 
Did you ever run away from home as a child?
I threatened to leave once but promptly reconsidered when my dad seemed surprisingly encouraging of the idea – he started handing over money for rent, food, bills, etc…, clearly I hadn’t thought that far. Smart man, my dad.
What is your golden rule?
Always remember to say please and thank you and treat everyone with respect.
What’s the best career advice anyone ever gave you?
You’ll only succeed if you love what you are doing.
Did you have an imaginary friend as a child?
Sadly, no. I think I would have liked that. 
What was your worst holiday?
I don’t really have a ‘worst holiday’ to speak of but I can tell you that a few flights back to South Africa alone with two young kids have not exactly amounted to the best start to any holiday! It’s not for the faint hearted.

12. We hear you Kathryn! But we are sure that initial gift of a Lou Harvey Nappy Bag, helped a little with those solo flights home with your kids… 

How many foreign languages do you speak?
I speak Afrikaans and used to have a handle on Zulu but too many years out of South Africa have definitely rendered me rusty on both accounts. 
What is the oddest habit you will admit to?
Using Ziploc bags for way too many things. Safe to say I have a slight obsession there. 
What are you most embarrassed by?
At this stage of my life, my kids are probably to blame for some of the more embarrassing moments… they have no filter and no volume control. Not a great combination in public places.
What is your favourite item on the Saffron Souk market and why?
I love the Linen Souk’s products, they would make an ideal gift.

13. – 16. Some of those The Linen Souk goodies we all love, are a favorite of Kathryn’s as well.

Thanks for chatting with us Kathryn. We are thrilled to have Lou Harvey UAE open its doors on and can’t wait to see your personalised Design Service very soon. It sounds like something right up Saffron Souk’ street…..