Founders Letter


Dear Friend,
I am incredibly excited to introduce you to the Cara Benevenia Brand and digital shopping experience: an exclusive and immersive inside look into the world of Cara Benevenia.
For those of you who are new, I'd like to extend a warm welcome and tell you a little bit about my brand story and mission. Cara Benevenia is a contemporary line of women's handbags that are handcrafted in the United States using only the finest leathers imported from Florence, Italy.  My passion for celebrating local artisans stems from my family's humble roots here in America, after whom I am proud to name my eponymous label.  

Anthony Benevenia (1903-1979), my paternal great-grandfather, emigrated from a small village on the southern coast of Italy to industrial Newark, New Jersey, spending his days as a luxury men's tailor at the renowned American Shops on Broad Street.

My favorite part of the story, second to hearing about how Anthony always presented himself in La Bella Figura, is the baseball he had signed by some of the most iconic Yankees Players who frequented American Shops for custom suits.

I realized from a young age growing up in the traditional Italian-American household that my life's mission would stem from a deep desire to preserve my family's heritage through my art.

As a result, the Cara Benevenia collections are the quintessence of timeless luxury, designed and handcrafted locally with the intent to place honor upon the work of local artisans, most of whom have immigrated to the United States in search of what was once known as the American Dream.
I am delighted to take you on this journey with me, and redefine luxury together.
with love, Cara