Kristena Witherspoon Designs (KWD) is a Chicago based fashion label inspired by the Diaspora. Our designs are one of a kind and limited quantity with a focus on accessories and occasionally clothing.
I began designing handbags in high school in Little Rock, AR. The desire to learn more led me to study Fashion Design and Business at Syracuse University. This is where I began to better communicate my design aesthetic.
Since launching the brand in 2007 after moving to Chicago, I've been working on building KWD into a brand that represents the new Diaspora that is influenced by the multiculturalism of today. My designs are heavily influenced by function, graphic prints, African textiles, dancehall and hip hop cultures, and Chicago street style.