ANGELO ANASTASIO - CREATIVE DIRECTOR/OWNER
Inspiration from the beauty of the world, a deep love of people and a passion for invoking pleasure
drive Angelo Anastasio to design extraordinary handbags, accessories and footwear. His passion for
creativity has resulted in wonderfully feminine, elegant and graceful creations that enhance a woman’s
appearance in the most enjoyable way.
The appreciation of beauty in design and fashion began early for Angelo. Growing up on a farm in southern Italy and the youngest of seven children, he witnessed his mother and sister hand-craft beautiful wedding gowns in his hometown of Polistena in Calabria. The local cobbler Lorenzo “Il Calzolaio” lived across the road from the Anastasio’s home and he was equally influential in shaping Angelo’s creativity.
Angelo moved to America with his family in 1966 and Angelo’s high-level of skill on the soccer field earned him a full scholarship to Adelphi University in New York. He graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages and Business Administration and began playing professional soccer with the New York Cosmos.
Angelo’s venture into the business arena began in 1978 when he was hired by Adidas for a position in the marketing department. His talent, creativity and charisma enabled a steady climb up the corporate ladder and his various titles included; Manager of Sports Marketing, Design and Merchandising, Director of Promotions for Global Sport and Entertainment and, when Angelo left the company in 1992, as Unit Business Manager for Global Events.
His next exciting step was being selected for the position of Vice President of Entertainment and Promotional Events for the 1994 Soccer World Cup USA. Upon the completion of the World Cup, Angelo became the Vice President of Design at Diadora America. His next move was to Fila, Inc. where he headed the Design and Development team in the US and Italy for five years. Then in 2000 he became Vice President of Design and Development with Reebok International, Inc. and in 2003 Angelo went to the Warnaco Group Inc. as Creative Director and Vice President of Design and Development where he oversaw numerous lines of apparel.
The desire to leave the corporate world and pursue his true passion of creating beautifully designed products became overpowering for Angelo. So Angelo embarked on the journey of creating sophisticated handbags, accessories and footwear, all made in Italy, that reflect the passion and love he feels for each and every product. Angelo’s mission is to evolve each collection by creating stunning products that delight Anastasio Moda consumers everywhere.