Today’s women yearn to be unique and original: testa bags
provide that special individuality. Founder Nicole Testa
Boruchin creates each bag personally, so that every customer
has a “one of a kind.”
testa bags made its official debut in 2001, but
Nicole had been designing since 1997. “Growing up on the North
Shore of Long Island, I was constantly creative,” she says.
“Since childhood, I always wanted to make something myself,
to create it with my own touch. I learned to sew; I built things,
knitted, sketched, designed and naturally experimented with my wardrobe.
It was such a part of me that I failed to see it as a choice, but
just who I was!”
Nicole handcrafted some of her designs into bags and she started
selling them at local craft shows. The response was so consistently
positive that she knew it was time to pursue her dream of designing
an entire line. Beginning in 2000, she published winter and summer
catalogues and hosted several bag shows in each season, which generated
even more interest, exposure and sales. Her website, www.testabags.com,
has changed its look through time, and just keeps getting busier.
Nicole studied psychology at Skidmore College,
got her degree in 1995, and moved directly into the private school
classroom. While teaching first grade, she earned a master’s
degree from Teacher’s College at Columbia University.
She now lives in North Stamford, Connecticut with
her husband of eight years, Srael, and their two sons, Grady and