Our Ethos

Italian Couture Designer Handbags

The Bella Rosa Collection is a premium line of designer bridal and evening clutches and handbags that preserves Italian luxury in a small-batch, sustainable fashion.

Maria Caruso Martin

Founder & Creative Director

Maria Caruso Martin

Maria Caruso Martin, founder and creative director, renowned  for her signature sophisticated classic aesthetics. Once featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show for her  personal wedding style, Maria offers her signature style to brides and fashionable women looking  for luxury bridal and evening handbags. 

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Our Story

The Bella Rosa Collection is a legacy of the power of enduring love, proud Italian heritage, and the preservation of family traditions.

Over 100 Years of Family Tradition, and It All Started with a Love Letter

The Bella Rosa Collection represents the legacy of my grandparents' love story passed down four generations. In 1915 they fell in love as teenagers in a small town in the hills of southern Italy. From there, their life was an adventure with only one constant — love letters. Love letters were how they circumvented their family's approval while they secretly courted. It was how my grandpa continued to reassure Grandma Rosa of his deep love for her when called into the Italian army. It's where he penned his first of many proposals that led to the wedding that was just the beginning of their epic love story. 

Enduring Love

Letters were how they endured being an ocean apart when my grandpa left Italy to make their American dream a reality. Every Friday for 18 years, he sent Rosa his paycheck with a love letter to buoy her hope of reuniting in America. After long years of war and separation, in 1949, their dream came true, and they settled down in New Jersey with their growing family. Three years later, a plane crashed into their house while Rosa was home alone, ending her life far too soon. Rosa's handbag was the only surviving possession among the ash and rubble. Safely tucked inside the bag was my grandpa's letter in 1919 proposing to my grandma. Every day of her life, she faithfully carried it inside her handbag.

A Legacy Continues

Over 100 years after that first letter, and four generations of family traditions later, I designed the first edition of the Bella Rosa Bridal Clutch to hold a love letter from my fiancé on our wedding day.

Today, the Bella Rosa Collection combines the intimacy of a personal inscription, the loving touch of embroidered couture, and the romance of Italian craftsmanship. From your engagement party to saying "I do," we establish connections between each wedding event, so every bag feels creative yet cohesive. I want you to experience the same thrill and joy for your Bridal Clutch as you did when you found "the one" — meaning your wedding dress, of course. The Bella Rosa Bridal Clutch is a wedding heirloom in a small-batch, sustainable fashion with the potential to pass on for generations.

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We Believe

A timeless wardrobe is built with heirloom quality pieces that will last a lifetime. 

The Bella Rosa Collection is guided by the principles of fine craftsmanship, a sustainable supply chain, and a commitment to giving back that underscores our deeper mission towards conscious consumption.

Sustainable Production

Our Italian handmade-to-order model slows the fashion cycle, minimizes waste, and reduces overproduction.

Giving Back

Our Italian handmade-to-order model slows the fashion cycle, minimizes waste, and reduces overproduction.

Consciously Crafted

Each bespoke clutch is meant to become a staple in a woman’s life - not just used for a singular occasion.

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As Seen On

Press Features

The Bella Rosa Collection has been spotted in the hands of celebrities, fashion icons, and across many publications. Explore our select press features:

People Magazine

Kelly Clarkson carrying Como x MICAELA

The New York Times

Made for Me Rosa Clutch

Marie Claire Magazine

Meryl Streep carrying Como x MICAELA


Micaela Erlanger carrying Ella

Harper's Bazaar

Made for Me Bella Clutch

The White Wren
Netflix Queen Charlotte

Made for Me Drawstring Purse

Brides Magazine

Bella Clutch, Sage Green


The Original Hatbox x Joy Proctor


Made for Me Clutches


Made for Me Bella Clutch

E! News

Meryl Streep carrying Como x MICAELA