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The Story

I am a Brazilian photographer living in California and I started Costella in 2007. My grandmother (Antonietta) taught me how to sew, I use these valuable skills to make my own designs and samples to express my ideas from within. The inspiration for the bags comes from various photographs and fabrics, forms, patterns and colors. My designs usually have lots of pockets and space to be able to fit everyone's needs.

The bags are extremely unique, and provide a refreshing change to the fashion world. Costella handbags are the creation and artwork of Brazilian designer Luciana Ellington. With an impeccable eye for design, color, and style, Luciana infuses elements of her personal lifestyle into her handbags. Growing up as a competitive skateboarder in Brazil, Luciana still finds the pastime an influence on her designs; vibrant color palettes, much like those of the graffiti in the streets, and textures, whether in the fabrication or the hardware. Making the move to the United States has only broadened Luciana’s talent and gave her a new source of inspiration.
Costella handbags exude a sensibility for casual wear that easily makes the transition into high fashion. A strong believer that anything worn on the body should be intuitive to your lifestyle, you will find Costella handbags to be a direct reflection of Luciana’s passions. The Costella woman is edgy and confident with a unique taste for fashion and a keen sense of travel.

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Designer Luciana Ellington took an indirect route to design. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Luciana learned to sew from her grandmother, but pursued careers in photography and styling before launching her handbag…
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