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Alumnae Profiles: Alicia Ferriabough Taylor, C'96


The founder and creative force behind SUKARI luxury handbags and accessories is alumna Alicia Ferriabough Taylor. Taylor has had a thing for handbags since she was a little girl; however, her career goals initially moved her in a different direction.

The Boston native graduated with a B.A. in political science from Spelman in 1996, and then went on to earn her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law with a  concentration in entertainment law. During summer breaks, Taylor switched from legal appeals to high heels, and indulged her passion for fashion as a successful commercial model in New York City.

Her modeling career included work with famed photographer Fadil Barisha and with Essence magazine as a fit model for Halle Berry and Tia and Tamera Mowry.

Upon graduation from law school, Alicia relocated to New York where she practiced entertainment law; however, not able to resist the pull of the fashion industry, Taylor took the plunge and launched Sukari in 2007. Sukari which means “sweet” or “sugar” in Swahili fuses modern architecture with classic elegance and style. Inspired by her global travels, Taylor says each handbag design brings to the collection the vibrant colors of India; the flora and fauna of Africa; the rustic textures and spices of South America; and the understated sophistication of American and European styling.

While Taylor initially found it challenging to enter her handbags into department stores, Sukari bags are now sold in Bergdorf's, Barneys, and Henri Benndel's. Her future plans include expanding into both Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales.

Taylor takes great pride in her work and puts endless love and care into every detail of her bags, and it shows. Hollywood celebrities Halle Berry, Jessica Simpson, Ivana Trump, Nia Long and Beverly Johnson all have Sukari handbags.

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