I was born and raised in Costa Rica. I am the 4th child of a big, fun, loud family. Creativity and art were always predominant elements in my life. I was a loner child; always experimenting with writing, painting, reading and dancing.
Later on I understood that my home didn’t have any creative opportunities for me and by age 20 -an age where all my friends seemed to have their lives figured out- I left to NYC.
While I was living my own version of the American Dream by 2007; I noticed that I was obsessed with handbags and I started becoming very curious about how to make them. And so I applied to FIT. Unfortunately, some documents from abroad didn’t arrive on time and I missed the deadline. I was devastated but my need for learning was bigger than my disappointment and I made the bold decision of buying my first sewing machine to teach myself how to make handbags.
Two big things happened that helped me consider making this passion a business: I interned at Rebecca Minkoff office in NYC and one of my handbags was featured in About.com.
Nowadays, I’m living in Israel and my purses have been featured in fashion magazines, worn by models and influencers. I own an industrial cylinder machine, a skiving machine, a huge photography box and a studio where I get to enjoy the full process of turning my sketches into a reality. From the sketch to the pattern, leather choice and high end paint that I apply to the raw edges of most of my purses. It’s the love, materials, quality and the stories that make my bags so special.
Painted edges and visible polished screws are present in a lot of my recent work . A way of self expression that I’ve been able to explain through a hashtag I use in Instagram: #LuxuryWithATouchOfBadass
I do what I do to satisfy the needs of women that are more individualistic and expressive. We live in a society where women are constantly being asked to stand out less; my designs communicate a very different message: Stand Out More, Proudly!
As a breast cancer survivor, I’m an official partner of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. 5% of every bag sold through my site goes to this cause.