Larisa Barrera has been working within the Jose and Maria Barrera company throughout her life. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design in Apparel Design, she worked for Badgley Mischka for three years as a design assistant and then returned to the family business in 1996 to help design the Jose and Maria Barrera jewelry collections. While designing jewelry for the Barrera brand, Larisa also created her own brand of intricate  jeweled collectible evening handbags and hand  beaded apparel.

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