Paula Cademartori Featured

Our exclusive interview with the up-and-coming luxe handbag designer

Geometric, chic and above all colourful, Paula Cademartori is our latest luxe handbag find. With a two-year stint at Versace under her belt and now a brand to call her very own, her designs are poised to become the next Made in Italy ‘it’ bags. We visited the Brazilian designer at her Milan showroom where we chatted her up about her handbag philosophy, her time at Versace and why she thinks accessories matter most.

Designer Paula Cademartori

How did you go about starting your own brand?

After a great experience of working with Versace for two years designing women’s handbags and accessories, I decided to branch out on my own and participated in Vogue Talents with shoe designs. It was a bit out of my comfort zone after working with handbags, but I wanted to challenge myself and do something completely different. Then I launched my first collection in the spring of 2011 in Paris and starting in the fall I started getting a lot of orders from prestigious international shops such as 10 Corso Como and Amaranto boutique in Milan and Harvey Nichols in Hong Kong.

Why did you choose to design accessories over clothing?

I always wanted to do accessories, I fell in love with them as a child. I think accessories are what give you style. Everyone has clothes, you have to wear them, you don’t really have a choice! But accessories are much more personal, you choose how to combine them with your look, what to pair with what. It’s a piece that stays with you, it tells those who see you who you are.

What kinds of styles and shapes do you work with?

I work with temporal shapes, I really have fun with using colours, it brings a little bit of Brazil to my pieces. I love mixing colours in unexpected ways as well as materials such as something precious like python with a poor material like canvas.

Can you share a bit with us about the manufacturing process?

I use all Italian material, everything made in Italy such as special calfskins and snakeskins. Every bag is made by hand, even the hardware, each buckle is made by hand. Some of my bags take 48 to 72 hours to make.

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