Tell us a little about your individual backgrounds and how you joined forces to develop LaLucca.
After completing a Masters in Interior Design in Barcelona and working as an interior designer back in my native country Dominican Republic, I realized the industry I was in was not really where my passion was. I came to Miami to study accessory design because I loved jewelry and wanted to learn the art of making it. At the Miami International University of Art & Design, my accessory design degree focused on jewelry design, footwear design, hats, belts and, of course, handbags. For my final project, I presented a collection of leather handbags that won the Accessory Design Category. After all the positive feedback from my school, family and friends, I decided to launch the line.
Aleksandar is from Bulgaria. We met in Miami while I was in school. I’ve always admired his art, so one day we decided to join forces and create a clutch painted by him. With a broken heart, he gave me one of his small paintings and we cut it. When the final product was done, we just fell in love with it, and that’s how the Artbag collection was born. We’ve been working together ever since.
What is the most important trait needed to start your own business?
Patience and hard work. Businesses don’t grow overnight. You have your ups and downs, and when you are down you need that patience and determination to move forward. Also, having your own company means having to work 24/7 and having the drive and passion to do so.
What words describe your collection of handbags and accessories?
Chic. Modern. Unique.
Where does your inspiration come from?
We find inspiration in everything that surrounds us — color, architecture, art, nature. That’s the beauty of design.
What is your favorite trend from the recent runways? Will these trends be incorporated into your collection?
We can’t get enough of color blocking. You’ll see that in our current and upcoming collections. We love to play with color in our designs.
What is your favorite piece in the collection right now?
I can’t pick a favorite! But the one I use most is the Mihoko bag, which is actually our bestseller. I carry a mobile office in my bag, so I need a lot of space. The Mihoko really does the job. Makeup, iPad, cell phone, wallet, papers — anything you can think of is in there. Sometimes even my dogs ride in my bag!
What should consumers keep in mind when choosing the right bag for their style?
A handbag can be the accessory that completes your outfit or it can be the main piece you plan your outfit around. When choosing a handbag for your style, you should always keep your lifestyle in mind — the type of clothes you wear, the line of work you’re in, etc.
Where can we purchase your brand?
Our handbags and accessories are available for purchase at our website www.lalucca.com, select Nordstrom locations, select boutiques, Amazon, and soon at Lane Crawford Hong Kong.