Francisco Costa never imagined he would stop designing clothes. Growing up in Guarani, a small Brazilian municipality three hours outside of Rio de Janeiro, Costa encountered fashion at an early age. His mother, as fiercely outspoken as she was stylish, owned a children’s clothing line, and after school he would visit her factory to learn about fabrics and colors. When she passed away, he decided to leave their 3,000-person town for New York.
Francisco Costa: From The Runway to the Brazilian Rainforest
The fashion veteran, who designed alongside Oscar de la Renta and Tom Ford before overseeing Calvin Klein’s women’s collections for over a decade, returned to the jungles of his native Brazil to find himself. What he didn’t expect to discover were the beginnings of his eponymous natural beauty line.