Friday, April 17, 2009

Miembro of the Week!



I was born and raised in Costa Rica and currently live in NYC. My father has an upholstery shop and my mother is a seamstress. They are both very talented, but I never touched a sewing machine while living with them.

After the disappointment of being rejected by a fashion school here in Manhattan, just because of a delay with a document, I bought my first sewing machine and learned how to use it. I struggled enough until I got my first professional looking handbag, which surprisingly happened after my third attempt.

After that I started designing for friends and family, and it seemed like my skills were getting better and better. It wasn’t until 2009 that I decided to give my talent a shot and share my passion with the world. So here I am.

I make my own designs, patterns and manufacture every bag you will find in my shop.

By handbagcave

To see more of her work just click here

9 comments:

ecogeneration said...
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ecogeneration said...

Bags are very hard for me to make so I really admire bag makers. I love the cow print make up bag. Very cute. Great interview! She's from NYC too...my neck of the woods!

handbagcave said...

whoooo hooo how flattering girls! thank you all so much!

Ann Wilkinson said...

What an inspiring story. I think many of us are inclined to reject the gifts our parents give us, only to find them at a time in our lives when we need to find them. I'm glad you found a passion, and that you do it so well!

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves & "Fringies" Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

Raquel, we are all so blessed and glad that you decided to "go pro" with your amazingly well made, stylish handbags!!
Celeste (Celeste)

BululuStudio said...

Very inspirational story, Congrats and Good luck!

whimsicalpam said...

Wow, beautiful bags and a great story! Thanks so much for sharing it:)

TumbleWeedGirl said...
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TumbleWeedGirl said...

Here I am again...
Great story! Love the handbags and the variety of styles and motifs. Inspirational artist!

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