Success for Wisbech designer Katie Sykes as she bags sales in Germany, Australia on top of early successes in other countries

PUBLISHED: 11:36 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:36 18 September 2017

Katie Sykes, 24, from Wisbech, founder of Katherena Bags. Picture: University of Central Lancashire

Katie Sykes, 24, from Wisbech, founder of Katherena Bags. Picture: University of Central Lancashire


A fashion graduate from Wisbech is hoping to bag as many online sales as she can after starting her own accessories business.

After a successful launch in May, Katherena Bags has now been picked up by online boutiques in Germany and Australia – which began selling its products this month.

Katie Sykes set up her company after a less than enjoyable experience of London living caused her to give up her dream job as a celebrity stylist and move home to Wisbech.

The 24-year-old designs the bags herself, which come in three styles – clutch, rucksack and holdall – named after streets she has lived on. The online-only business sells to the UK, USA and Europe.

Ms Sykes said: “The first month or two was brilliant, and I had a fantastic launch.

“In the first year I’m estimating I’ll make about £10,000 in sales, but I’ve had a lot of overheads.”

She has two new bag designs in the pipeline, which could go on sale this year.

More news stories

A Whittlesey councillor has been re-elected chairman of Fenland District Council – just days after quitting her role as chairman of the local Conservative association.

39 minutes ago

Mayor James Palmer has met with train operators to challenge them to ‘expand and improve’ rail services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.


It was flags and bunting at the ready as Wisbech celebrated the royal wedding in style.


Hundreds of runners – including some in wigs and tutus - were showered in a rainbow explosion of paint as Wisbech’s annual Brinks Colour Run returned to the town yesterday (Sunday May 20).

Most read stories


Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Wisbech Standard e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter