Growing up in Barranquilla, Colombia, Adriana Castro, 25, regularly visited a farm, but not one equipped with the usual red barn, or horses and gaggle of chickens. Instead, her father owned and operated a zoocriadero, or crocodile farm, in nearby...
Growing up in Barranquilla, Colombia, Adriana Castro, 25, regularly visited a farm, but not one equipped with the usual red barn, or horses and gaggle of chickens. Instead, her father owned and operated a zoocriadero, or crocodile farm, in nearby Cuatro Bocas. Spending time there inspired Castro to make a bag for her quinceañera — the celebration of a young woman's fifteenth birthday in Hispanic cultures — which proved to be a hit, and she soon started designing belts and wallets to give as gifts.
Fast-forward a decade. Armed with a bachelor's degree in economics from Purdue University and accessories design courses from the Miami International University of Art & Design, the Miami-based Castro was ready to realize her childhood dreams. Taking what she learned from her father, she launched her first collection for spring 2007, and soon after won Miami's 2007 Gen Art Fresh Faces in Fashion award.
"I thought about the flow of newcomers that come to Miami daily: corporate executives, successful entrepreneurs, sports and entertainment celebrities and, of course, our seasonal visitors, and gave a nod to these people with a little bit of everything," says Castro. Indeed, there are metallic clutches, raffia totes, glazed satchels and matte crocodile messenger bags — many done in a raw manner that leaves the ridges of the hides intact. The collection, which is manufactured in Bogotá, wholesales from $70 for cuffs to $130 for belts to $550 for evening clutches. It has been picked up by boutiques such as Next Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Fla., Nurielle in Bal Harbour, Fla., and Aura in Los Angeles.
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“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
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EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion