Seattle native Tonya Hawkes graduated design school and began her now- stellar career in New York City with fashion designer Donna Karan. Eventually leaving behind her position as Vice President of Design – with a twist of fate, Giovanna Furlanetto beckoned Tonya to Europe to take creative helm as President of Design for renown Italian brand FURLA based in Bologna, Italy.
Next, Tonya upped the ante - incorporating her own Product Design & Business Development company in Italy, collaborating with prestigious brands such as: Sergio Rossi, Pollini, Gianfranco Ferre, Elie Tahari, Tommy Hilfiger Europe, Coccinelle, Botkier, Alice & Olivia, Desa 1972 and Aquatalia. Specializing in handbags, footwear and small leather goods.
“Designing bags found me, I wasn’t looking for it”