Background: Jess Rizzuti pursued her passion for art and fashion earning her a Fine Arts degree at the Rhode Island School of Design. She then went on to further her design education at the Fashion Institute of Technology where her handbag collection was initially conceived. After developing her initial bags by hand, she had her first handbag manufactured in 2008. Since then, Jess Rizzuti New York has been featured in publications including, but not limited to, Life & Style, Health, and WWD. Jess has been nominated 4 years in a row for Best Green Handbag.
The Jess Rizzuti New York handbag conveys quality and style. The luxury accessories brand is distinctive: impeccably made and accessibly priced. Handcrafted in New York, each piece is made with the utmost attention to detail and craftsmanship found both inside and out. The unconventional materials, custom dyeing, and finishing techniques, all contribute to each bag’s originality.
Stylish and versatile, the brand adapts to the lifestyle of today’s modern woman. The product is targeted to the sophisticated and savvy professional woman with a keen mind and eye for quintessential fashion. Jess Rizzuti New York’s silhouettes transcend from day to night, with ease from one outfit to the next. All designs in the collection are constructed to be both utilitarian and chic. Each bag’s appropriate occasion has enough room to fit all essential items, which is a cornerstone of the brand.
Jess is inspired by her surroundings, and her work reflects simple daily pleasures as well as worldly travels. She values the skill and craftsmanship of artisans around the globe and is forever eager to learn other art forms and techniques. She has contributed to two major philanthropic organizations, collaborating with them to make products, which were then sold to greater benefit their cause. A portion of the proceeds directly provided to the sustainability of the communities.
The JRNY collection exhibits eco friendly production methods, renewable resources, and proudly supports #madeinusa. Jess’s experimentation with cork contributed to her eco-conscious mind-set, thus leading her to ethical practices, which are a foundation of her manufacturing. The brand reflects a deep appreciation not only for creativity and fashion, also for ethical practices and our planet as a whole.
Making it happen
Starting a luxury business in 2008 was definitely a challenge. But she never let that deter her from following her dreams. Through the hard times Jess has been able to learn, cultivate a business, and persevere.
What does New York City mean to you?
“If you can make it there you can make it anywhere”.