New York-based, Brazilian-born handbag and accessories designer Carlos Falchi is renowned for his luxurious patchwork designs in exotic skins including python, alligator and caiman. Unusual and unique, the patchwork collage handbags are sewn by hand in New York City, and have been sought after by fashionable patrons since Mr. Falchi began his business in the seventies. Sleek and minimal or soft and slouchy, from clutches to hobos, Mr. Falchi's handbags are highly collectable and never go out of style.
Mr. Falchi's fashion roots began in making handstitched leather clothing for musicians like Patti Smith, Miles Davis, Tina Turner and Mick Jagger. Legendary retailer Geraldine Stutz at Henri Bendel encouraged the designer to focus on handbags. Now his bags are carried at Saks Fifth Avenue and Henri Bendel, among others. Over the years his customers have included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Sharon Stone, Tina Turner, Cate Blanchett, Mary J. Blige and Tina Fey.
In addition to other awards and nominations, Mr. Falchi received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Accessories Council of America in 2004 and the Independent Handbag Designs of America in 2007. Several of Mr. Falchi's designs are in the permanent collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.