Carlos Falchi

For more than thirty (30) years, Carlos Falchi has shown the world his talent for designing and creating exceptionally luxurious and unique handbags.

The Brazilian-born designer first began producing his patchwork creations out of necessity, since the remnants were all he could afford. In fact, when he first started, he used to create the eccentric dyes for the unique colors of his bags himself, by filling up his bathtub in his home in the East Village.

Today, he has made his mark as a successful high-end handbag designer, featuring his signature vivid color combinations on exotic materials. Continually evolving his handbags over the years, he has experimented with luscious fringe and fur, bright colors, and metallic snakeskin. He has also designed bags in a fixed sculpture form with sophisticated shapes that evoke images of bats wings, flower petals, and even a harlequin’s cap. Each bag is hand-made and is a collectible item due to the fact that only a small quantity of each style is produced. Falchi has described his bags as “serious function with great form.”

Falchi has said that his varied background plays an important role in his designs. The Brazilian side of him explains the color, the music, and the sexiness exhibited in his bags. Falchi lives in New York, a city which rouses the exciting and vibrant feel of each design. His Italian heritage inspires the craftsmanship, high quality, and care used in creating each piece of his collection.

Falchi is featured in the new must-have book, American Fashion Accessories — commissioned by the CFDA and edited by Candy Pratts Price with writings by Jessica Glasscock and Art Tavee. To read more, or purchase the book please click here.

Falchi has been the recipient of some of the most prestigious fashion awards, including the 1983 Coty Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Accessories Council in 2004. He was nominated as the CFDA Accessory Designer of the Year in 2002 and 2003. Additionally, Women’s Wear Daily has named his unconstructed, unlined buffalo satchel “the most copied bag in the industry.” Additionally, Mr. Falchi served as a CFDA Board Member from 1992 to 2008, was a member of the CFDA Admissions Committee and several other Accessories Committees.

To see Carlos Falchi’s complete CFDA profile please click here.