Susanna Valerio

Hong Kong, Hong Kong Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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The Story

Italian born Susanna Valerio is a true globetrotter, her minaudieres and accessories collections were realised on one of her many sourcing trips around Asia with her daughter Emanuela Santi. The two of them sat at a dusty factory and discussed over a glass of wine the necessity for a chic, eco-friendly (all bags are made from shells disposed of in restaurants and recycled woods) that would be appropriate for any occasion, from the red carpet, cocktail events and chic dinner parties.

Having lived in New York at a young age, Susanna spent her early years working in art galleries and spending her spare time creating her own cashmere line. Her next stepping stone brought her to the shores of Rio De Janeiro were she continued her creative streak designing smocked clothes for her two young children, continuing passionately to source and find exhilarating projects to work on, whilst entertaining constantly at their Ipanema beach front apartment. The adventure continued bringing her to explore the bewitching streets of the khan-el-khalili market in the Egyptian capital, she will often exclaim that she left her heart in Cairo but draws inspiration from her 7 years spent there with her family. Susanna is currently based in Hong Kong, having worked as Head Homewear Buyer for luxury retailer, Joyce, interior designing homes and hotels around Asia and for the last 12 years assuming the position of Lane Crawford’s Home and Lifestyle Consultant. Travelling the world defines these two women, her daughter, Emanuela, had lived in 7 countries by the age of 20, changing schools and picking up languages along the way. She began her career in fashion and moved on to working predominantly in marketing and luxury events. The two often joke, “They are homeless citizens of the world” collecting stories, cultures, trends and obsessions along the way and transforming these, into a line of accessories with a story behind every piece.

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Susanna Valerio’s clutches and accessories have gained a cult-like following. Susanna herself is a woman of many talents, having lived all over the world and worked as a consultant in homewares for the…
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Designer spotlight

“It began with the need for the ultimate bijoux bag, a bag that is in itself a piece of jewelry,” designer Susanna Valerio says. She recounts the night she and her daughter Emanuela Santi seized on...
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