At Kahn Barnes, our goal is to empower women to go their own way and feel confident, beautiful, and powerful every step of the way. Our products, inspired by the beauty of nature, cultural heritage, and the personal journey of our founder, Nini Zhang, serve as a symbol of hope, the human spirit, and the power of determination. At Kahn Barnes, we believe that every person deserve to feel confident, empowered and beautiful. That’s why we design accessories that not only make a fashion statement but also tell a story.
Nini was born and raised in a rural mountain village in Fujian Province, surrounded by natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. Despite growing up in poverty, Nini left her hometown and ventured out in the world, working tirelessly to build a better life for herself and her family. Despite facing extreme challenges along the way, including time as a political prisoner, Nini remained undaunted.
She emerged from her experiences stronger and more determined, and eventually founded Kahn Barnes in Melbourne, where we take pride in showcasing the traditional crafts of Fujian, but with a contemporary Melbourne twist, making them relevant and accessible to women of all ages and backgrounds.
Whether you’re looking for a statement piece for a night out or a timeless accessory for everyday wear, Kahn Barnes has something for everyone. Our collections are designed with the modern individual in mind, offering a range of styles, from bold and daring to elegant and understated. We believe that fashion is not just about what you wear, but how you wear it, and our products are designed to help you express your individuality and confidence.
Our products are made by skilled artisans in limited quantities and are a testament to Nini's journey and the human spirit. Today, Kahn Barnes is a recognized international brand, empowering people everywhere to follow their own path and express their individuality through fashion.