Designer


Josephine Raffaella Magno was raised as an Italian-American girl in Naples, Italy.  She has been immersed in the world of fashion since she was nine-years-old in her family's atelier.  It all began when she started to design and sew dresses for her dolls.  Over the years, she gained passion and insight for design while surrounding herself with Naples' rich tradition in leather goods and accessories.  

By the time she graduated with a degree in Industiral Fashion Design from the Seconda Universtit√† degli studi di Napoli in Aversa, she already had over ten years experience in tailoring.  However, it was working with Fusion S.r.l. in Bologna that triggered her passion for accessories and handbags.  There, she was able to gain first hand experience working with labels such as Gucci, Prada, Valentino, and Christian Louboutin, Cesare Paciotti, and Roberto Cavalli. This would prove to be a pivotal step to achieving her first collection a few years later.

Soon after returning to Naples, she began working for the local fashion label Giorgia & Johns as an assistant to the fashion designer.  Other professional experience include work for Tag-Heuer, Stewart Weitzman, and Cesare Attolini.

Upon Moving to live in Vienna, Austria, Josephine was captured by the city's incredible affinity to the arts and culture.  The city's blend of of conemporary art, along with its classical history inspired her to create her line, MRJ Hands-Free Bags.

Josephine's concept of MRJ Hands-Free bags is taken from the study of human kinetics along with the practicality of traveling hands-free. Inspired by Amelia Earhart's love for traveling and the designs of her leather aviation apparel in the late 1920's and early 1930's, MRJ Hands-Free bags was able to combine these aspects with a mix of Italian creativity, and good old American ingenuity.

Now Josephine has brought MRJ Hands-Free Bags to an international level having attended the Vienna Fashion Week in 2010 and 2011, Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, Fashion Show's in Los Angeles, and much more. 

MRJ Hands-Free Bags have also been seen on celebrities such as American pop star Anastacia, S.S.C. Napoli's international Slovakian soccer superstar Marek Hamsik, Sex and the City star David Eigenberg, aka Miranda's husband "Steve Brady", Chris Aguilar (winner of the Austrian Pop Stars television show), and Akram Sedkaoui (French House Singer). 

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