Maria Caruso Martin | Handbag Designer & Creative Director

Founder and designer, Maria Caruso Martin

Maria Caruso Martin is the passionate founder and creative director behind the Bella Rosa Collection of consciously crafted bespoke Italian luxury clutches and handbags.  A multi-talented designer with over 25 years of experience, and second-generation Italian, her own rich family history serves as the foundational love story that influences a distinctive signature look coveted by A-list Celebrities and their stylists, as seen on the red carpet of Hollywood’s royalty like Meryl Streep, Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Clarkson, Diane Lane, Sophia Bush, Krista Marie Yu, Anna Sophia Robb, Marcia Gay Harden, Katy Sullivan, Cynthia Nixon, Weijia Jiang, Dr.Ilyasah Shabazz and Marian Wang.

Maria's designs have been featured in Vogue, Brides and World Bride Magazine and she has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to share her personal wedding style with an audience of millions.

The idea for the Bella Rosa Collection sparked in 2018, well-versed in fine fashion and steeped in a film-worthy family love story for the ages (part of which was borrowed by Judy Blume for her 2015 release “In The Unlikely Event”), every element came together flawlessly in 2019 to create the Bella Rosa Collection - a luxury hand-tailored line of heirloom clutches and handbags named for her grandmother Rosa.

Part of Maria's passion is fueled by the challenge of establishing a collection that pairs luxury with sustainability. She is equally dedicated to giving back, committing a portion of every purchase to global charities that empower women.

"More than a purse. Your clutch is an extension of your dress, an extra piece of jewelry for the most important moments of your life." - Maria Caruso Martin