Bag addicted? There is a new name to keep an eye on: Tonya Hawkes and her stunning clutches
Even as a teenager, Tonya Hawkes seemed to have a calling. As a keen horsewoman, she found herself fascinated by the workmanship of the leather goods and tack she used every time she rode her Arabian horse, Major Shaamraq. After finishing school she attended Seattle Central’s famous fashion program, before beginning her career in New York City with luxury fashion house Donna Karan and DKNY. During her nine years she directed the DKNY accessory design team through a time when it became one of most profitable divisions of the company, eventually becoming an executive at Donna Karan and VP of shoes and accessories.
Giovanna Furlanetto, president of global luxury accessory brand Furla, personally chose Tonya to become the company’s creative director in Bologna. In her role directing and managing all aspects of the accessories line, from handbags to homewares, she brought the brand to a younger audience with an appreciation for luxury. For the past seven years, Tonya has continued to work in Italy, collaborating with several luxury maison, Sergio Rossi, Elie Tahari, Gianfranco Ferre, Tommy Hilfiger and Alice + Olivia among them.
After nineteen years of working for some of the world’s most prestigious labels Tonya Hawkes releases her own designs and last year she founded her line. The result is a collection of luxurious cluthes in and sold in selected boutiques around the world and on the eshopping section of her website.