to be her absolute best..."
As a first generation New Yorker, a second generation Italian, and the last of six children, Anthony Luciano is an evolution of artistry and old world traditions. Both his mother and grandmother were seamstresses, and his father a carpenter. Working and creating with his hands is family tradition, and as Luciano himself says, “Italians in general are known for their craftsmanship; it’s in my blood.”
Following his passion, Luciano attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and graduated with a degree in Fashion Design. After a few years in fashion in New York’s Garment District, he changed directions, accepting a position at a boutique accessory company. It was there he found his calling, quickly rising to principal designer.
At Anthony Luciano we make bags for every occasion, every personality, every mood, and every woman.
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.
In 2003, Luciano was nominated for Accessory Designer of the Year by the Fashion Group International. His bags have since been featured in numerous magazines including Vogue, Worth, InStyle, Elle, and Harper’s Bazaar, and garnered a respectable celebrity following, including such clientele as Judith Light, Meryl Streep, Debra Messing, Cameron Diaz, and Megan Mullally, among others.
Luciano’s passion for travel evokes constant inspiration; the storied faces, the food rich with tradition, maze-like side streets; his adventures are a perpetual treasure hunt.
At the heart of every creation is Luciano’s personal relationship to each piece. As any painter or sculptor will sign their work, Luciano’s signature stitched-into-the-pocket penny (an Italian tradition of instilling prosperity and good fortune), can be found in each bag that leaves his hands. He fondly refers to his bags as “the girls” and each, much like Anthony, seems to have a fierce, unique personality of her own.