On March 27, Carlos Falchi passed away at the age of 70. Carlos was a staple in the fashion industry and a designer I was lucky to have met on multiple occasions. His joy for life, love, family and his craft showed immediately upon meeting him. Falchi became well-known for his exotic handbags, which have been carried by major retailers since the 1970s.

Falchi arrived in NYC from his native Brazil and got started designing clothing for the likes of Miles Davis, Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley and Tina Turner. It would seem to the casual observer that Falchi had an extensive education in fashion, and while he learned a great deal from his mother’s background in bridal design, Falchi came onto the scene without traditional schooling. Instead, he had a true love and passion of creating something special. Falchi transitioned into handbags, and that became his passion. He worked out of his office in the heart of New York City and was incredibly hands-on with the process, meticulously picking out the skins to be used for his next bag.

His family reports the Carlos Falchi brand will continue, which I’m happy to hear. His passing is a huge loss, and we thank Carlos Falchi for his contributions to the handbag and fashion world. [More via NYT]

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  • FashionableLena

    I remember watching him on The Home Shopping Network. He had such a passion for his art and craft. I didn’t know that he had died.

  • Sue

    All time favorite clutch is a Carlos Falchi snakeskin… rip Carlos.

  • ElainePG

    This is a beautiful tribute, Megs. I never knew that Mr. Falchi didn’t have a formal education, but when you consider the apprenticeship system of the middle ages, he was in fact a traditionalist of the old school. Certainly his work was impeccable. May he rest in peace.

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  • Jack Neill

    Carlos Falchi will always be the man for me who pushed exotics into the forefront of fashion. His python and crocodile bags were beautifully made. Nothing came close.(Sorry Nancy Gonzalez). His lack of commercial success was a shame. I always thought he should have been bigger. His bags are displayed in a museum in NY if anyone ever wants to see some of his best work on display. My condolences to his duaghters and lovely wife.

  • dcblam

    Megs – thanks for posting this lovely tribute to a unique and gifted man. Jack, your comment is spot on about his influence on using exotics – he rejuvenated the use of this material into something current and hip. As a young adult I was so taken by his use of skin and color. For years I searched for the perfect Falchi bag for me. HIs passing inspired me to look again and I am so glad that I found the perfect purple python for me :)