DESIGNER OF THE DAY

Jessica Rizzuti

Jess Rizzuti

Jess Rizzuti, New York handbag designer and graduate of RISD and FIT, creates eco-conscious, on-trend handbags in New York City. Her artistic background allows her to approach fashion design with a fresh eye. She is well known for her use of cork and her innovative approach to material development. Jess Rizzuti's creations are a unique and long-desired break from the common designs on the high street. These sculpture-like statement bags will empower any outfit.
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Jess Rizzuti is a New York based, sustainably-chic handbag brand proudly made in the USA.

Jess always knew that she wanted to pursue a career in fashion design. Her business was founded after completing her studies at FIT. She wanted to find a way to combine her love and experience with textiles and her knowledge of accessory design. The Jess Rizzuti collection is a reflection of both.

Designer Jess Rizzuti first discovered her deeply-rooted interest in fashion as a young girl. This passion led her to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textiles. While learning about the industry, Jess found her greatest passion lied in a unique focus, Surface Pattern Design. This specialization would lead Rizzuti to continue her education at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she perfected her knowledge of Handbag and Accessory Design.

Jess Rizzuti is inspired by her surroundings. You will often find her at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, or in Central Park with her sketchbook. Being in NYC has influenced her work and has allowed her to be immersed in many aspects of art and design. She finds a lot of inspiration within her network of skilled artisans, makers, and creators who she collaborates with to create unique designs.

When a customer buys a Jess Rizzuti handbag, they should feel that they’re bag is not only unique in concept, but also that it was created with sustainability in mind from start to finish. Nominated four years in a row for InStyle's Independent Handbag Designer Awards, the Jess Rizzuti handbag has been recognized for utilizing water-based dyes and glue, heat-transferred patterns, renewable resources, and waste-reducing concepts. Cork is her favorite material and it's one in which she customizes by way of printing and embossing to achieve many different looks.

The Jess RIzzuti brand continues to grow and develop more avid fans and customers each year. Her work is sold in the USA and some of her recent endeavors have lead her to sales in France, London, Brazil, and Australia to name a few. Even with growth on the forefront of her mind, she plans to remain manufacturing locally. Jess Rizzuti handbags are made with integrity and purpose, and when consumers support Rizzuti handbags, they make the choice to invest in something that means something.

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