Friday, September 7, 2012


Karen Bytel definitely falls into the ‘cool chick’ category.
Not only is she is extremely personable, she’s also a very successful racehorse owner: her first horse was the brilliant filly and 4-time Group One winner, Alinghi, while – from memory – Karen’s first three or four horses were all winners.
Well, the air hostie – oops, Flight Attendant – appears to be flying high again with the launch of her online handbag store, Bag Queen (
Offering a wide range of bags, Karen has named each of the lines after racehorses, including one named after stakes winner and Eliza Park resident, Sharkbite.
Evidently the ‘Sharkbite’ comes in Royal Blue, Soft Grey, Purple and Hot Pink whereas our Sharkbite just comes in Brown.
One thing’s for sure though – if Karen’s Sharkbites are as popular as the four legged variety (which sold for up to 8 times service fee at 2012 sales and have landed in leading stables) then she’s bound to be on another winner.
Stop Press: Evidently a couple of notables were toting BagQueens at yesterday’s Spring Fashion Lunch: although I wouldn’t know. I wasn’t invited … again!

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