Designer and diabetic Bridget Scanlan intimately knows the the hassle of taking a trove of medical equipment with you wherever you go.
It’s essential, it’s life-saving, but it’s certainly not elegant.
Why shouldn’t it be?
This question sparked Bridget’s mission to create KYT: designer bags, designed for diabetes.
Turns out Bridget isn’t alone in her quest for a better bag: KYT has opened the door for her to talk to others with diabetes about their experiences. And their message has been clear: diabetes is hard enough and everyday life is busy, why should our equipment add to the problem?
KYT – short for Keeping You Together – unites fashion with function. At first glance, what appears to be a contemporary leather bag reveals an interior purpose-built to fit the unique needs of diabetes – making life, and daily care, easier.
to look great
& work hard.
KYT is a labour of love. It started with Bridget prototyping at the sewing machine and setting rivets on her kitchen floor. She’s heard your feedback on this first range of prototypes and channelled this to develop our first bag: the Crossbody.
The KYT Crossbody is ethically produced by our friends at Duffle & Co. They support a family-run workroom in Bali that values ethical, transparent and sustainable production. Bridget is delighted to collaborate with leather artisans who take pride in the quality and craft of handbag production. To find out more, make sure to visit Duffle & Co.
There’s a reason that KYT stands for keeping you together: Bridget knows too well that diabetes isn’t a simple case of test, jab, repeat. It’s a turbulent, complicated experience that has many emotional layers. She hopes that with a bag, designed exactly for this experience, she can help with some of the harder stuff too. KYT is about owning diabetes in your own way, feeling prepared and, literally, dressed for success.
Thank you for supporting KYT. We hope that we’re able to do the same for you.