An Interview with The "Izzy"

We recently sat down with Isabel Kirk — one of Cindy’s two daughters and the inspiration behind a handful of Cindy’s bags. Learning more about CKD from her perspective, Isabel chats about empowerment, pride, and how much she loves supporting her mom’s perseverance. Growing up alongside CKD has given Isabel the ability to understand the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur, as well as the notion that women are capable of achieving anything they set their minds to.  

What have you loved most about watching your moms company grow? 

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I have absolutely loved watching her confidence soar! I’m known in my family as the “mom whisperer,” giving my mom pep talks when she needs it most. In the beginning, she would hit a roadblock and get discouraged. I naturally found myself standing in her corner, waving a little “go mom!” flag. I would encourage her to quiet the doubt and simultaneously sing her praise. It’s been an amazing bonding experience for us, and I've seen and learned so much from her. I am so grateful for her. 

Clearly, you were around when she had her clothing line for kids, what were your favorite parts of that — even at a young age? 

To be honest, I can hardly remember those days. But looking back at old photos, I can say that most of what I wore was from her children’s line. Truthfully, I love getting to brag about that! I also have fond memories of playing in the boutiques and stores she would go to; I would dress-up in clothes and accessories as she shopped. 

Do you ever play around with stitching, or remotely think about helping her?

My sister and I both know how to sew and stitch — not nearly as well as our mom can, though! We’ve never totally honed our sewing abilities. That said, when I was in middle school, she helped me make pajama pants. We also designed a new stocking for me during Christmas. Additionally, I’ve made many dresses under her watchful eye. In high school, when I sensed she was stressed about a deadline, I’d try and help with strap stitching. Nowadays, I’d likely need some practice and help from her in order to pick it back up.

What is your favorite bag?

Right now, I’m obsessed with my Audrey. Mom and I designed mine together — making it that much more special. I decided to go bold with a snake skin hide with a red accent hide on the back and straps. My mom and I have learned that snake skin hide can be hard on clothes, so it’s best to incorporate it in a practical way. That said, I cannot tell you how many compliments I get on it. It’s my big girl bag, and I’m in love. 

We know there is the Izzy, your name sake, but did you help design that bag? 

I actually had no hand in the designing of that bag! Or maybe I did and never realized it, ha! She debuted it as my Christmas present in the early days when I was still in high school. Fast forward a few years, and she’s nailed down the design — it’s also another one of my faves. 

If there was anything else you’d like to see your mom make what would it be? 

I think if she really wanted to, she could make kick-ass shoes. It would take more work and some outsourcing, but with her style and based on the shoes she already has in her closet, I’d love to wear a pair of CKD shoes.