845-252-6650 debra@debracortese.com

Dare To Share – Lisa Marie Platske UPSIDE THINKING

Aqua Affair custom design bags by Debra Cortese

Transitions - the newest custom Cortese design for The Aqua Foundation


Finishing up my preparations and packing for tonight’s Dare To Share event in Coral Gables, Florida where I’m not only participating in this high energy business networking event, I’m also exhibiting my line of Cortese Design Bags. I’m hoping to meet fellow  entrepreneurs who would benefit from a custom design for their business and, potential business partners who are interested in taking advantage of all kinds of joint ventures!

Dare To Share is just one of Lisa Marie Platske’s leading-edge business events. You can learn more about her work at UPSIDE THINKING.

If I don’t get to see you at tonight’s event, visit www.cortesedesignbags.com and let’s talk about a custom design for your business or special event!

Call me at 305-298-2023 or email:  debra (at) cortesedesignsbags.com


Artist-Designer, Debra Cortese wins last seat in Badass Business Women Pink Limousine!

Doing a happy dance this morning 😉

I really love all the pr Jessica Kizorek and her team of Badass Business Women are creating. I’m an artist/designer with a solid background in advertising and design so when the post came out for a chance to win a seat (and all the networking and photo/promo opps that come with it) in the exclusive, Badass Pink Limousine along with Jessica and her team, I knew my response had to stand out! Luckily, my creative muse was in high gear and after a mere 3 hours of production, tweaking and editing, I posted my comment along with a one-of-a-kind response. To get the full effect, see my winning entry here!

Have to go now… make sure the black and pink outfit is just right, hair, nails, makeup…

KNOW I’ll be carrying my Miami Beach, black leather trimmed, Art Deco, Pink (and black) Flamingo bag! It has the most amazing energy 😉

Exclusive Custom Design Bags for Business, Charities & Events

pattern for new morning glory blue designs

Very busy and excited to be creating custom designs for several organizations, businesses and individuals whose goals and ideals I admire and support.
I’ll be sharing the new designs here on the blog as soon as they are ready 😉

Child’s Voice – Celebrating their 15th Anniversary of empowering children with hearing loss. Event is coming right up on February 11th at
The Meadows Club, 2950 W. Golf Road, Rolling Meadows, Illinois
Sunil’s Home Orphanage – one of the most entertaining events on my calendar 😉 in March
Women’s Fund of Miami-Dade – Annual Power of the Purse Luncheon in April
Badges of Courage Foundation – Providing support and financial assistance to breast cancer patients.
Upside Thinking – Excellence in motivational and educational empowerment!

Contact me (Debra Cortese) to discuss a nature’s energy custom design bag (or other products) for your business or special event! debra@debracortese.com 305.298.2023

Nature's Energy Cortese Design - Morning Glory Blues for Tote Bags

Honeysuckle Pink on Cortese Design Travel Tote Bags

Healing Pink Mussaenda, leather trimmed, Classic Travel Tote Bag
is rich with hues of Honeysuckle Pink and
shares the energy of compassion, sensuous joy and radiant health!

A Nature’s Energy – Cortese Design Bag

I’m more than happy to share that two of the custom bag designs that I created for ‘The Susan G. Komen for The Cure’ event “Pink Hits the Runway” are rich with the uplifting hues and tones of Pantone’s fashion and decor color of the year for 2011: Honeysuckle Pink!

Pink Rose Pattern, leather trimmed, Classic Travel Tote Bag
is rich with hues of Honeysuckle Pink and
shares the energy of love . self-worth . grattitude.
A Nature’s Energy – Cortese Design Bag

Spinning the Color Wheel

Here’s a great article by Charlyne Varknyi Schaub on the front page of the Home and Design section in the Miami Herald!

Her opening paragraph, “South Florida has never been a place where people are afraid of color or fearful of trying something new.”, attests to the trend-setting, color-loving atmosphere that I fell in love with here in South Florida… and the place where I became entranced with a tropical color palette and a passion to share the magic and power of what I experience from nature!


features the Healing Pink Mussaenda design that is rich with the hues and tones of Honeysuckle Pink!

This “Healing Badge of Courage” is an exclusive, limited edition, soft sculpture featuring my Healing Pink Mussaenda design and hand-beading by Macarena Zilveti, founder of the Badges of Courage Foundation which provides financial assistance to people affected by breast cancer. My Blog post about this project has more information on the badges and the Foundation.

Get a FREE matching Clutch with top-selling Nature’s Energy Cortese Design Bags

I’ve finally finished building the web pages for my biggest Handbag SALE ever
and am right on schedule for holiday gift giving and receiving!

I’m so happy and appreciative to be in the handbag business after the past few, shall I say ‘challenging’ years that I wanted to share my top five, best-selling Nature’s Energy designs on your choice of five different styles: the Classic Tote Bags, Petite Totes (that transition easily into an evening bag), Casual Totes (light and roomy bags that are great for the beach or everyday use), Laptop Bags (carry your business, school and personal gear along with your computer), and I’m even including the newest style, which I now carry as my everyday business bag, the Deluxe, Leather Trimmed Travel Tote. This bag truly holds everything, including an extra pair of comfort shoes for those days when I just cannot walk another step in my fashionable heels 😉


To make this an even sweeter deal, and to truly express my appreciation for everyone who enjoys my designs, I’m including a FREE matching Clutch with every ‘Holiday Special’ bag that is ordered before December 3rd (so there will be plenty of time for your bags to arrive before December 24th).


I’m including FREE ground shipping to destinations within the continental USA.

So click to the main Holiday Sale page now, choose your favorite Nature’s Energy Cortese Design Bag from the 5 top-selling designs of 2010, and place your order today!

‘Nature’s Energy Cortese Designs’ in this season’s HOLIDAY SALE