A WOMAN OF UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE…
Adriana Castro’s vision for her handbag and accessory designs is very much influenced by who she is as a woman. Ms. Castro’s personality resonates in each of her creations. She is Colombian. Fearless and feminine. Delicate and down-to-earth. Refined and regal. Intelligent and independent. Exotic and enchanting. With an eye suited to discover and uncover the beauty and grace that surrounds her, Ms. Castro feeds her passion of creating breathtaking, exquisite luxury through her love of travel, architecture, culture and art.
Some of Adriana’s most treasured influences and inspirations include: the sultry and magical streets of Cartagena de Indias with its unique mix of cultures among enchanting Spanish colonial architecture; Seville Cathedral and the fragrant orange tree blossoms from within its gothic walls; Yves Klein for his daring nouveau realism vision and conceptual, bold paintings and Antonio Gaudí for his ground-breaking architecture and ornate creative vision.
A HANDBAG CAN TELL A THOUSAND STORIES…
Adriana Castro designs her Collections with a distinct purpose and focus – one of casual chic and discreet luxury. Her vision is that the handbags and accessories from each of her Collections become the “magic wand” of a woman’s wardrobe. Handbags and accessories from each of the Collections can very simply be mixed and matched; their versatility gives women the option to wear each piece with the finest couture or the simplest of casual.
Ms. Castro practices a hands-on design philosophy, from beginning to end. She spends countless hours working with cherished Italian and Spanish artisans in Florence and in Valencia, and relishes her time and energy used for all of the creative collaborations within the Adriana Castro atelier in Barranquilla, Colombia.
No matter the piece, an Adriana Castro design is rich yet delicate, supple yet sturdy. When holding a genuine piece from the Collection, one can understand the scope of quality and elegance that each handbag and accessory truly embodies. These one-of-a-kind, handmade artisan pieces are timeless, wearable works of art for the most discriminating, stylish women of any age. Bold, sensual textures and colors give every piece in Ms. Castro’s Collections extraordinary character and personality.
Adriana Castro has grown into a highly regarded international luxury brand; as her designs evolve, Ms. Castro has embraced new technologies within the design, treatment and production of her exotic skins and natural leathers. This innovative approach continues to expand Ms. Castro’s creative horizons and position this exceptional brand at the forefront of modern discreet luxury.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES…
The fashion industry has recognized Ms. Castro’s talent on various occasions; in 2007 Gen Art presented Ms. Castro with the Fresh Faces in Fashion Award for Accessory Design. In 2009, she received the Independent Handbag Designer Award for “Audience Fan Favorite.” In 2010, Ms. Castro received the Handbag Award for “Best Designer of the Year.” Ms. Castro was nominated four times for The Fashion Group International Rising Star Award. She was honored to win the “Icons of Style” Award in NYC. Most recently, she received the key to the City of Miami.
Adriana Castro accessories are loved and carried by fashion influencers including Kendall Jenner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Olivia Palermo, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Kim Kardashian, Shakira, Heidi Klum and Audrina Patridge. Five Adriana Castro bags were featured in the movie Sex and the City 2.
The Collection is available exclusively at luxury retailers worldwide.
SUSTAINABLE AND UNCOMPROMISING LUXURY…
Adriana Castro’s mission is to create luxury with a purpose, timeless pieces blending traditional craftsmanship with modern classics. She focuses on what she cares about most: enjoying time designing and creating the best piece possible with the very finest materials, hand in hand with local artisans and tanneries. Ms. Castro believes that when a piece is consciously made and is of the highest quality, it is destined to survive the fast-pace of fashion and to be passed on to following generations.
The Adriana Castro brand contributes to the repopulation program of the caiman species, under the supervision of the Colombian Ministry of Natural Resources and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).