July 23, 2014

Style and Design

Emerging Designers

Five students and recent grads are already making their mark in the world of fashion and design.

Lori Capullo | 11/1/2010

Adriana Castro
2007 graduate, Miami International University of Art & Design, Miami

> ACCESSORY DESIGN

Juliana Costa
Adriana Castro [Photo: Omar Cruz]
Adriana Castro's career aspiration — to design crocodile handbags — can be traced back to her childhood and her father's crocodile farm in South America.

Castro prepared for entrepreneurship by earning an economics degree at Purdue, then studying accessory design. In 2007, she won the GenArt Fresh Faces in Fashion Award for accessory design and launched her eponymous company, which posted revenue in the "mid-seven figures" last year and has 22 employees. In 2009, she won the Independent Handbag Designer Award for Audience Fan Favorite. But perhaps the most exciting of Castro's accomplishments is having celebrity style icons like Kim Kardashian and Eva Longoria carry her bags on the red carpet.

Castro relies on the sights of south Florida to fuel her passion. "South Florida is color," she says. "I am in love with color. Miami is present in each of my collections."

Castro purse Castro clutches

Above, and at right,
purses and clutches
by Adriana Castro.

Castro clutches

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single ditgital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

Lazydays to star in new Travel Channel show about buying an RV
Lazydays to star in new Travel Channel show about buying an RV

Shopping for an RV at Lazydays RV SuperCenter in Seffner is the focus a new reality show premiering Sunday on the Travel Channel.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

When Obamacare finally gets to the U.S. Supreme Court, do you believe it will stand, or be gutted?

  • The Affordable Care Act will stand
  • I believe it will be dealt serious, if not fatal, blows by highest court

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe