I am a handbag designer from Los Angeles CA, I was born
in Brazil and worked with fashion since 15 years old, I moved to California
after the second trip here for a skateboarding contest. I started Costella
handbags in 2006, but because I was a little busy with my family (kids and
husband) I slowed down and just now in 2011 I started the line again. I'm still
finding my influences and what works for me and the line, the bags are made
local in downtown LA and I am a one man show making my own marketing and sales,
etc. Never gave up or will give up doing this, I love it.
I use materials that have a pop color or a fun texture, that inspires me to
create a bag and make the design with the hardware. I only use gold hardware
from Italy. I also use skateboarding pants to make the recycled jean bag. I love
accessories and handbags always was something I was curious. I love bags and
thought I could bring something different to the fashion table.
My line is made in Los Angeles, and it's very hard now days to find garments
that are made in the US, everyone is making things in China and I am proud to be
producing here in America and helping the economy. My line is different and
young and it can be worn dressed up or dressed down.
The greatest achievement is to hear that people like my creation, I get very
happy and proud to see people wearing it. All the money and time spent is worth
when you love what you do.