Twin sisters Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato founded Lizzie Fortunato in 2008 with the intent of creating unique accessories that use unexpected materials and champion handicrafts from a breadth of places and cultures. Lizzie is creative director of the line, while Kathryn, who got her start on Wall Street, oversees sales and operations. Lizzie studied Art History and English at Duke University (where Kathryn majored in Economics) and her interest in “dressing to tell a story” is reflected in the pieces she creates. Lizzie constructs a distinct narrative with each collection, naming each style, and drawing on historical, artistic, and architectural references. Fortunato’s designs marry found, reclaimed and precious materials in fashion forward silhouettes, and the sisters’ brand has become synonymous with unique, ahead-of-the-curve accessories that are influenced by fine art, travel, and artisanal craftwork. The Lizzie Fortunato collection is produced in New York by a team of skilled metal smiths and seamstresses and extreme care goes into each piece.

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Lizzie Fortunato launched leather goods in 2011. Adorned with exquisite hand-loomed embroidery and beading that Lizzie thoughtfully designs, the clutches, shoulder bags, and small leather goods are a natural extension of the line’s mixed-medium statement jewelry. With an appreciation and love for vintage textiles (collected from Morocco, Turkey, India, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru), Lizzie fuses traditional techniques with bold prints in her bag designs.

Both the statement jewelry and the leather goods have attracted the attention of prominent tastemakers, and designers including VPL, SUNO, Matthew Williamson, Jenni Kayne, and Tome have commissioned Fortunato for runway collaborations. The label has been featured on the covers of Women’s Wear Daily, W Korea and Vogue China and on the pages of Vogue, British Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar and The New York Times. Lizzie Fortunato is stocked in over 60 retailers worldwide and in late 2015 created a successful three-month brick and mortar pop-up shop to sell its namesake jewelry and leather goods alongside curated “Fortune Finds” lifestyle products, which are also offered on the Lizzie Fortunato e-commerce site. The result (which was featured in The New York TimesThursday Style’s) was an immersive experience into Lizzie’s world. In 2015, Lizzie Fortunato was honored to receive membership into the CFDA.