Carlos Falchi, the Brazilian accessories designer best known for his hit handbags, has died at age 70. Falchi passed away on Friday evening after a brief illness.
The designer, who was celebrated for his creative use of patchwork leather, launched his career in New York in the 1960s. While he started out in ready-to-wear, Falchi found his true calling in accessories.
His “Buffalo” satchel became the “it” bag in the ’80s and he quickly garnered a major celebrity following. Everyone from Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis to Rihanna has carried Falchi’s creations over the years.
Falchi was also a well-known personality on HSN. In 2009, he launched a shoe line called Chi with the network. The designer, who had his own HSN show, had previously dabbled in footwear with his main line as well.
Falchi, who was one of the first designers to collaborate with Target, received the lifetime achievement award from the Accessories Council in 2004 and was also nominated for CFDA awards for accessory design in 2004 and 2006.
“He was a great talent and supporter of the CFDA,” recalled Steven Kolb, the organization’s executive director, in an Instagram post. “He always greeted people with a warm and loving embrace.”
Falchi is survived by his wife Missy and daughters Kate and Juliet.