Photography Courtesy of BOYY
With dynamic duo Jesse Dorsey and Wannasiri Kongman at its helm, BOYY combines its designers’ backgrounds in the music and fashion industries to create practical, luxurious handbags with a keen sense of cool. Launched in 2006, the line introduces new shapes and techniques each season while reinterpreting its signature styles like the Bobby bag and the Karl top handle. Ahead of the label’s launch at Bergdorf Goodman, we spoke with Dorsey and Kongman about the meaning behind the name BOYY, their favorite bags of the moment, and more. Read the full interview below and shop BOYY now in store on the Main Floor and online at BG.com.
Bergdorf Goodman: Can you tell us how you both met and what motivated you to start BOYY?
Jesse Dorsey: We met randomly one cold winter night in NYC, no introductions, no friends in common. The motivation to start the brand was a combination of Wannasiri’s handbag obsession and my obsession with creating.
BG: What is the meaning behind the brand name?
JD: Most Thai’s have nicknames and Wannasiri’s happens to be ‘boy’, so it is a combination of her being my muse, our masculine edge philosophy and the two Y’s signifying two people.
BG: How would you describe the brand’s aesthetic in three words?
JD: Masculine, playful and sophisticated.
BG: What is your favorite style and color-way available at BG?
Wannasiri Kongman: The Karl 24 two-tone in parchment and tobacco is one of my favorite silhouettes in this color combination.
JD: I love the Wonton in olive—it’s such a gorgeous color and the gold hardware complements it perfectly.
BG: What is your favorite Bergdorf Goodman memory?
JD: Being from Montreal, my family and I would make the occasional trip to NYC during the holiday season when I was young. We’d be sure to visit BG and I was always in such awe of the windows. They inspired me as a child and still do to this day.
WK: I had a similar experience except slightly later, when I was in my 20s and living in NYC.