Carlos Falchi was born in Brazil. He began his designing career as a costume designer for films and music, making costumes for stars including Cher, Miles Davis, Mick Jagger, and Tina Turner.
He started out on his own doing leather design, focusing initially on handbags. His lines have expanded over time to include belts, jewelry, and ready-to-wear clothing.
Falchi's trademarks are vivid color combinations and unusual patterns and textures. He dyed bags by hand to ensure the colors were just right.
He routinely uses exotic animal skins as well as leather. Each Falchi bag is handcrafted and takes about 3 days to create. Normally only about 100 bags are made of each style.
Falchi received the Coty Award for accessories design in 1983.