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A HANDBAG CAN TELL A THOUSAND STORIES...
Adriana Castro designs her pieces 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 families become the “magicwand” of a wardrobe. Handbags and accessories from each of the families can very simply be mixed and matched; their versatility gives the option to wear each piece with the finest couture or the simplest of casual.
Adriana practices a hands-on design philosophy, from beginning to end. She spends countless hours working with local artisans 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 family, 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. Bold, sensual textures and colors give every piece extraordinary character and personality.
Adriana Castro has grown into a highly regarded international brand; as her designs evolve, Ms. Castro has embraced new technologies within the design, treatment and production of her 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.
UNCOMPROMISING AND SLOW 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 onto following generations.
The iconic Zenú bag has become a collection piece charged with exceptional craftsmanship and sustainable materials, reaffirming the commitment of the Adriana Castro brand with slow fashion. In the Caribbean region of Colombia the magic hands of the artisans of the Zenú Indigenous community weave stories with caña flecha, a locally grown cane. Stories that are embodied in a bag that after a hand-made braid, come to life at the Adriana Castro Atelier.
Made in Colombia, with love.
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.
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.” 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. In 2017 she received the key to the City of Miami. Most recently, she was invited by the United Nations Office at Nairobi during the International Youth Week as a speaker supporting artisanship for sustaining peace.
Adriana Castro accessories are loved and carried by celebrities and fashion influencers including Kendall Jenner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Olivia Palermo, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria, Kim Kardashian, Shakira, Heidi Klum, Isabel Preysler, Naty Abascal, Gala González, Camila Coelho, Blanca Miró, Eugenia Silva, Chrissy Teigen and Alejandra de Rojas. Five Adriana Castro bags were featured in the movie Sex and the City 2.