Strategic, luxuriant focused, and extraordinarily driven, my first business cards as a young entrepreneur read “ Laura Ciccarello - Force of Nature.” My obsession on creating had started in coloring books but then evolved to selling my paintings by 13 and going on my first business trip (with my awesome Mom for legal reasons) by the time I was 14 after winning an international design contest by The Sak Company.
While studying design at The Fashion Institute of Technology, I designed for multiple fashion companies where my work ended up on the racks of several major retailers. And still, I wanted more.
After completing my degree, I took a job as a wholesale brand manager for the fashion house Fernando Sanchez. I was afforded the opportunity to take the reigns of the design department at the early age of 23 following the passing of the legendary designer. I worked with clients Saks 5th Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Home Shopping Network, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s, as well as hundreds of nation-wide boutiques, where the customers were a constant inspiration.
Then the recession hit. In the face of a struggling luxury market, I sought to help retail clients maximize profit while providing superior accessories to their customers. And like that, my fashion consulting business was born.
Between my full-time work with showrooms and corporations, I independently manufactured products with retail partners. My focus with Red Lipstick Inc. started in the lingerie market, but swiftly expanded into multiple product categories including scarves, handbags, jewelry, dresses, and shoes.
Launching in stores Spring 2015, Laura Ciccarello Accessories will be the first collection I’ve designed under my own name. I look forward to seeing customers around the world treasure my glamorous and dynamic accessories for years to come.