Artisan designer Anthony Luciano is a first generation New Yorker, a second generation Italian, and the last of six children, who carries with him evolution of artistry and old world traditions. Having learned how to do handwork – embroidery, crochet, knitting and stitching – from his grandmother, Anthony started collecting anything vintage before he even started his business.
When he started making accessories, he was obsessed with vintage clasps and would always be on the lookout for local vintage gems, both when travelling abroad (Paris, Rome, London, Cairo etc) and in the States (different state sales, flea markets in NYC and other places). This brought him to the world of handbags: Anthony is fascinated about the history and the story of these women who would carry these beautiful bags. Who were those women and what was their lifestyle? What kind of events were they attending?
His collection of globally sourced vintage handbag clasps provided the spark and inspiration to launch his eponymous collection in 2000, with the intent to produce a luxurious line of day and evening bags of the highest quality and craftsmanship. Almost immediately, his bags filled the racks at some of the finest retailers in America, including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Stanley Korshak.
Anthony likes to remake the bags using his imagination, his knowledge and research on the history of accessories throughout different centuries. He remakes the bag with contemporary twists and attaches it to the vintage frame.