OUR STORY

ABOUT THE BRAND
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Debuting its capsule collection in September 2019, Cara Benevenia is a contemporary handbag label designed and manufactured in New Jersey.  The brand's signature accessories feature a first to market textile handmade by the founder herself, using only the finest custom treated leathers imported from Italy.
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Cara Benevenia is focused on integrity in design, quality materials, and a celebration of local artisans that truly has its roots in the founder's heritage.  Just miles away from the brand's manufacturing headquarters is the very tailor shop that Cara's great-grandfather apprenticed after immigrating to the United States from Cantalupo, Italy.
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ABOUT THE FOUNDER
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Cara Benevenia is our Founder and Creative Director, a 25 year-old born and raised in New Jersey.  Growing up, Cara continuously gravitated towards activities that revolved around the arts; learning how to play the piano at the age of 7 and training as a classical ballet dancer until the age of 15.  When Cara took her first sewing class, she knew instantly that she had found her life's passion.  She decided to pursue a professional degree from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Apparel Design after being awarded the college's top honor in fashion design collection. 
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After graduating college, Cara worked for several design houses, most significant of which was Zac Posen House of Z, where she garnered a true passion for the creative integrity of the luxury brand coupled with a deep understanding of the importance of celebrating local artisans.  In December of 2018, Cara began the journey of building her own fashion brand in an effort to celebrate her roots in the industry with the establishment of her eponymous label, Cara Benevenia.