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NY Designer Spotlight: Torresgrossa Fashions
NY Designer Spotlight: Torresgrossa Fashions

The production of handbags and purses is often considered the most labor intensive than many other industries. New technology is considered to be the key to increasing growth and profitability and keeping more production jobs in the United States. According to industry statistics, there were an estimated 517 establishments engaged in manufacturing women's handbags and purses of leather, or other materials, except precious metals.

Valued at $3.35 billion, industry-wide employment was 4,157, the majority of whom (2,982) were employed manufacturing women's handbags. Most establishments were located in California, New York, Texas, and Florida, with New York responsible for $3.21 billion of the industry's total shipments. As we all know every woman loves a great handbag its a billion dollar industry which can be very competitive so making your design stand out can be challenging. Two sisters Bridget and Megan Torregrossa have set out to do just that with thier brand Torregrossa fashions. The brand was founded in 2010 right here in New york city. I recently caught up with the designers at BK fashion weekend to get the inside scoop on the Torregrossa brand.

ABOUT TORREGROSSA FASHIONS

Torregrossa was founded in January 2010 by sisters, Bridget and Megan Torregrossa in New York City. Bridget is an alumna of Marymount Manhattan College, in NYC, with a degree in Professional and Promotional Communications. Since graduating, she has worked for Burberry in public relations, making quite a name for herself. During her time at Burberry, Bridget was a recipient of the coveted Burberry Icon Award for "Innovation". Megan an alumna of FIT, in NYC, graduated with a degree in Accessory Design. She has been designing and creating handbags since a very young age and is at the forefront of their design process.

Bridget and Megan come from a family with a long line of tradition and history. The name, Torregrossa, means "large tower" in Italian. The richly imagined, description of the Italian name, Torregrossa, comes to life in their family crest. The crest is a large tower, flanked with three stars on each side. A prominent crown sits above the tower, which is perched by an eagle with spread wings. This creative symbolism of their last name is the logo of their brand and will always be synonymous with the quality Torregrossa represents.

Tammy B: Tell me a little about your brand. Where are you from?
Torregrossa: Torregrossa was founded in January 2010 by sisters, Bridget and Megan Torregrossa in New York City. Bridget is an alumna of Marymount Manhattan College, in NYC, with a degree in Professional and Promotional Communications. Since graduating, she has worked for Burberry in public relations, making quite a name for herself. During her time at Burberry, Bridget was a recipient of the coveted Burberry Icon Award for "Innovation". Megan an alumna of FIT, in NYC, graduated with a degree in Accessory Design. She has been designing and creating handbags since a very young age and is at the forefront of their design process.
Bridget and Megan come from a family with a long line of tradition and history. The name, Torregrossa, means "large tower" in Italian. The richly imagined, description of the Italian name, Torregrossa, comes to life in their family crest. The crest is a large tower, flanked with three stars on each side. A prominent crown sits above the tower, which is perched by an eagle with spread wings. This creative symbolism of their last name is the logo of their brand and will always be synonymous with the quality Torregrossa represents.

Tammy B: What does fashion mean to you?
Torregrossa:Fashion to us, is an individuals identity and way to express themselves in life.

Tammy B: How would you define your Brand?
Torregrossa:Innovative, modern, classic

Tammy B: What was the first bags you ever designed?
Torregrossa:“The Belt Bag” available at http://www.torregrossafashions.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=HBG%2D...

Tammy B: How does designing accessories differ from designing clothes?
Torregrossa:“It can take a few seconds once I get my inspiration” Megan Torregrossa

Tammy B: How long does it usually take you to construct a piece?
Torregrossa:One week for the first sample.

Tammy B: Who is one of your favorite local models to work with?
Torregrossa:We do not have a favorite but we work with some amazing, strong models.

Tammy B: Describe the general process you go through to design?
Torregrossa:Inspiration, sketch and then meet with our manufacturer to make the first sample.

Tammy B: What are some of your accomplishments as a designer?
Torregrossa:Our main accomplishments are being featured in top magazines such as WWD, Marie Claire, Allure, InStyle, Glamour and being worn by top celebrities such as Nicki Hilton. One of the most important moments as a designer is seeing a women walking in the street wearing and loving our bags! We went up to the first woman we saw wearing our “Nanny Bag” and told her how special it was to us!

Tammy B: Who are some of your favorite designers?
Torregrossa:Chloe, Alexander McQueen

Tammy B: Where can readers buy your accessories?

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Torregrossa:Torregrossa: TorreTorregrossa: www.torregrossafashions.com and specialty boutiques nation wide.

Tammy B: How long have you worked as a accessory designer?
Torregrossa:We launched 3 years ago.

Tammy B:What matters to you most as a accessory designer?
Torregrossa:To make products that women feel confident wearing.

Tammy B: What do you believe makes a quality Handbag?
Torregrossa: Quality is the most important thing to us. That is why all of our bags are made in NYC so we can keep on top of the quality of our products. We choose the best materials out there to make sure our bags last woman a lifetime!

Tammy B: What's your favorite part about conceptualizing a design?
Torregrossa:Seeing the end result and seeing how people love the product!

Tammy B: What do you like best about designing accessories?
Torregrossa:Handbags have always been our passion. There is nothing like adding a fabulous bag to make any outfit special.

Tammy B: What advice do you have for aspiring accessory designers?
Torregrossa:Go for your dreams and be ready for a lot of hard work.

Tammy B: How would you define the style your line exemplifies?
Torregrossa:Classic yet modern

Tammy B: What are some of your fashion goals?
Torregrossa:To one day do women’s wear and show at Mercedes Benz NY Fashion Week.

Tammy B: What other experience do you have in the fashion industry (stylist, retail, marketing, etc.)?
Torregrossa:Since graduating, Bridget Torregrossa has worked for Burberry in public relations, making quite a name for herself. During her time at Burberry, Bridget was a recipient of the coveted Burberry Icon Award for "Innovation". Megan an alumna of FIT, in NYC, graduated with a degree in Accessory Design. She has been designing and creating handbags since a very young age and is at the forefront of their design process. While at FIT, Megan worked in the men’s design department at Ralph Lauren.

Tammy B:What are your favorite patterns/materials [prints] to work with and why?
Torregrossa:Right now we are loving printed fabrics to mix with our leathers and exotic skins. (all genuine python, caiman and ostrich)

Tammy B: Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

Torregrossa: http://www.torregrossafashions.com 

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