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 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 26 year-old New Jersey native and artist at heart.  Cara was trained classically both on the piano and in ballet, fostering a deep passion for all things art from a young age.  When Cara began sewing lessons as a teenager, she realized her passion for creating art as fashion.  Cara went on to pursue a professional degree from Marist College, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Apparel Design after being awarded the college's top honor in fashion design collection (2017). 
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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 and a deep understanding of what it means to celebrate fashion artisans.  In December 2018, Cara established her eponymous label in an effort to celebrate both fashion as art and her artisan roots in the industry.