Luxury accessories brand ‘Hunting Season’ by Danielle Corona offers modern classics handcrafted by a community of female artisans in the Sandona region of Columbia.
Accessories brand ‘Hunting Season’ by Danielle Corona offers modern classics with powerhouse craftsmanship, a welcome respite in an age of maximalism. The CFDA-Vogue Fashion Fund finalist has always been drawn to design, right from the time she interned in the accessories atelier at Valentino and then, at VBH where she consulted on accessory design under V. Bruce Hoeksema. Corona studied accessory design, and worked in Valentino’s accessories design studio in Rome, where she developed appreciation for artistry.
The young designer launched her own luxury accessories brand, Hunting Season, in 2010 in New York. Her friend Lena Baranovsky joined the brand the following year and in 2013 she shifted base to Bogota, Colombia where she designs and crafts timeless, elegant leather accessories and hand-woven straw bags at her own factory while Lena manages business development in New York. The accessories brand seamlessly combines luxury with functionality and each piece is handcrafted with luxurious leather, Italian handmade hardware and handwoven straw which brings rich texture to her designs, with the coveted ones being a red lizard cube with silk tassels; Cognac cylindrical leather bag; and soft envelope clutches handcrafted with woven banana leaves.
Sustainability is the base of the luxury brand and the designer believes that by re-imagining the way the brand impacts others will help redefine their impact on the planet. ‘This impact begins for our brand in Bogotá, Colombia, home to our design studio and the site of our collaboration with local artisans, whose rich heritage of woven techniques has been passed down through generations. Each collection is created with carefully sourced materials, including metal-free leathers tanned in Italy, and brought together by expert craftsmen. By working directly with artisans and craftsmen in family-owned businesses we’re able to invest in the livelihood of these individuals and their vibrant communities across the globe. From thoughtful designs to a conscious effort to contribute to the well-being of others, we’re weaving an ethical responsibility through everything we do,’ is the brand message on the official website.
Per The Cut, “Corona approaches the design process thoughtfully. A community of artisans in Colombia use local techniques passed down through generations, handcrafting every handbag with ethically sourced materials like exotic skins, Italian nappa leather, and banana leaf.”
The legendary straw collection uses Colombian weaving techniques, which supports and financially sustains a community of female artisans in the Sandona region, who use local techniques passed down through generations, handcrafting each handbag with exotic skins, Italian nappa leather, banana leaf and hardware handmade in Florence. Their operations is simple — Danielle develops the idea with her team in Colombia and once they have a sample they like, she runs it by Lena to see how she feels it could work into the big picture plan for the brand. Sold on Net-a-Porter, it comes as no surprise her clientele includes Nicole Kidman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Alba and Sienna Miller.
In an industry guided by seasons, Hun ting Season envisions creating collections shaped by the experiences and adventures of the people who carry their handbags.
To celebrate heritage craft while supporting the livelihoods of female artisans.
Hunting Season was established in 2006 by Danielle Corona who sources the finest materials and works directly with Colombian artisans to handcraft each collection. In 2011, friend and partner Lena Baranovsky joined the team to further the fashion brand’s global visibility and growth.
Handbags are the mainstay of the luxury fashion brand although it also designs moulded leather home decor. Sustainability is the base of “Hunting Season” and the designer believes that by re-imagining the way the brand impacts others will help redefine their impact on the planet.
Hunting Season was a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist in 2018.