The Designer

     Jacquelyn LaCroix, designer of LaCroix Designs, began her journey by attending Louisiana State University. She received her Bachelors of Science in Fashion Design. Born and bred in Louisiana, she knew she would have to work harder than she had ever thought possible to make it to New York City. New York was a place where she would embark on the biggest endeavor of her career, starting her own design business. One day she was drawing a pattern for a handbag and realized this was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. After graduating from college she moved to NYC and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology focusing on accessory design.

    She continued on to design her first collection (by hand and her trusted sewing machine) and distributed them locally to friends, family and attended local arts and craft shows in Louisiana, all the while working in New York keeping her dream close to her heart. She states "As an independent designer it isn't always easy to manage every aspect of a business, but I find there is nothing else I would rather be doing. It is my true passion and it is why I moved to New York."

   LaCroix Designs is a business specializing in Handcrafted and Authentic Leather handbags. According to Jacquelyn herself, "They are very high end handbags". Her handbag line has the personality to be seen in the hands of celebrities, films and music videos. She stays true to the sophistication and classy image she represents. The bags have an original and exclusive look with details combining different leathers and strong colors to achieve a chic style and classic "timeless" look. They range from $70-$250 wholesale.

  "I don't want to be just another designer with the thought of only seeing the "next season's collection". Creating a handbag that has high demand is important for her vision to continue, but she wants to create something that will be seen beyond sales reports and deadlines that ultimately come with the desire to succeed. "I want to leave a mark and give respect to how it all began. I plan to be around for a long time, not just for the next 5 minutes or 5 years. I want a life time, maybe more."

  Jacquelyn's handbags are all titled with French names, stemming from her French heritage.  Her favorite bag is the "Elita" in black embossed basket weave with green trim, which means "special one". It is the one Jacquelyn carries with her daily.  Currently, JoJo and Kelly Ripa each have one of her handbags. Whether it is a simple, elegant clutch with embossed leather or a bag with a decorative chain, all of Jacquelyn's handbags have a flair for spontaneity and fun, yet stays functional and indigenous. And as Jacquelyn sits to ponder yet another creation, she cracks open another diet coke. She has no sense of time. Her designs remain "timeless"!

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