“I have always been drawn to anything handcrafted. It requires deep skill and concentration, and the result is always a soulful and curated look as opposed to machine made products. I love watching the artisans execute the designs in complete silence and profound contemplation, which I find adds a peaceful element to our usually stressful business.”
With the launch of her brand in 1989 in Los Angeles, Carrie Forbes pioneered a coveted, modern version of hand crocheted handbags. The embodiment of luxury and ingenuity of her designs quickly garnered attention to her work.
Following the success of the handbag collection, Forbes moved to Europe to hone her hand-woven talents and expertise in the capital of luxury leather goods: Florence, Italy. She spent a decade freelancing with some of the most prestigious Italian luxury fashion houses including Armani, Fendi, Vionnet, Etro and Ferragamo, which led her to discover and fall in love with the hand-woven raffia shoes of Morocco.
In 2014, Forbes launched a collection of the Moroccan raffia shoes, comprised of a weave indigenous to the culture.
The Carrie Forbes collection has been sold to top luxury retailers both in the US and internationally including Bergdorf Goodman and Saks 5th Avenue. Forbes and her brand have been featured in several high fashion magazines including Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle.