This Bronx-based designer is bringing a fresh take to fashion with her instantly-recognizable handbags

Style Changemakers

Style Changemakers

Designer Ashley Ciriaco (@madebyciriaco) believes that fashion should feel luxurious while also helping people feel like their truest selves. That’s why she started the accessory brand CIRIACO, which makes iconic, instantly recognizable handbags that manage to be chic, playful, and totally functional all at once. Along with her close friend and collaborator, Amani Nowell (@theitgir1), Ashley works hard to create cutting edge fashion that’s perfect for all occasions.

Ashley has dreamed of becoming a fashion designer since she was a child, watching in awe as her grandma hemmed and repaired clothing, making it good as new again. “What actually pulled me in the direction of designing was seeing my grandma sewing little things like a hole here, or helping my mom hem pants,” she recalls.

The designer was also inspired by television shows like That’s So Raven, which showcased fun, funky fashion

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