Brazilian Handbag Innovation Designer Carlos Falchi

Handbag and accessory designer Carlos Falchi found a way to appeal to fashion icons with classic style, while endearing his designs to hip Hollywood elites and glamorous rock stars. It seems that nearly everyone has found an appreciation for his unstructured, patchwork leather looks.

Carlos Falchi: A Brazilian Fashion Icon

Carlos Falchi’s story epitomizes the American dream. The Brazilian native first started designing clothes for rockers and jazz artists in Greenwich Village, New York, in the 70s. He would bleach snakeskin and other leathers in his bathtub to create his designs.
To make ends meet, he bused tables at Max’s Kansas City, the legendary New York rock club. One night, the wife of musician Herbie Hancock pressured Falchi into showing samples to a buyer for Henri Bendel. Ironically, the buyer was more impressed with his homemade satchel that he carried his clothing designs in, and ordered several satchels on the spot. At that moment, Falchi’s handbag collection was born.

Carlos Falchi’s Signature Style: Patchwork Handbags and Unstructured Looks

Carlos Falchi is known for his hobo bags, satchels and totes. These squashy, unstructured bags often feature his world famous patchwork patterns made from leather treatments and vivid color combinations.
His fashion house in the New York City employs about 60 people who work with animal skins like python, alligator and ostrich.

How Much Do Carlos Falchi Creations Cost?

Some of Carlos Falchi’s handbags can fetch $5,000 at high-end stores like Bergdorf Goodman