The pioneering and creative spirit forms part of designer Barbara Bonner's London-based accessories DNA.
With a maternal grandmother who was a traveling circus performer riding a motorcycle in the circle of death, and her paternal grandfather, a skilled diamond cutter, who opened Verona's first jewelry shop—her lineage is intricate and fascinating.
Born in Italy, Barbara traveled the world extensively in her youth—from London to Toronto, from Boston to Washington D.C. and back to Italy—her life is a melting pot of nomadic experiences which have influenced her aesthetic design.
Originally studying psychology upon leaving school, the pull of her richly varied upbringing was too strong. After winning an M.A. in fashion marketing and communication in Milan, she studied at Central Saint Martins in London.
In designing each collection, Barbara creates ultra-luxe handbags that celebrate the archetypical strong woman who inspires her—the image of a sensual and empowered female who has been omnipresent since the brand's inception.