Executive Officer and designer behind the brand, Nicole D’Andrea was inspired at a young age by the art of shoe making and repair. Her education began as she sat in awe of her grandfather laboring in his cobbler shop, a trade he brought to America. Nicole’s technical knowledge was eagerly absorbed while working with prestigious fashion icons such as BCBG’s Max Azria and LD Tuttle. She also had the privilege of studying under Ars Suttoria of Milan after attending the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago. These experiences gave Nicole the knowledge to shop quality leathers, source the best hardware and understand the pattern-making process involved to develop conceptual design. The d’andrea handbag collection makes it possible to achieve sophistication in any form. Attention to detail is at the heart of every collection, and every piece stands alone, constructed in the United States with hand selected leathers and quality fixtures.