Francisco CostaCosta Brazil
Fashion designer Francisco Costa spent more than a decade as the creative director of womenswear at Calvin Klein Collection before a 2016 trip to the Amazon rainforest inspired him to change course and become a beauty entrepreneur. The result is Costa Brazil, a sustainable beauty line with a mission to create products that benefit the body, spirit and the earth.What drove you to start your own brand? Costa Brazil was born to reestablish a connection between nature and the consumer, where both would be in perfect harmony. It also came at a time when I felt that I personally needed to reestablish a connection and relationship with the natural world. Before diving in to building the business, I took a six-month hiatus, during which I went to the Amazon rainforest for the first time. It really woke me to something tremendous. Being in the Acre region with the Yawanawá tribe, a six-hour canoe ride from civilization, left me with a sense of wonder and this amazing ingredient called Breu.