About Us

Girl w/ Knife, your new BFF in paper goods, is the creative vision of artist Elicia Castaldi. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Elicia made her career in New York City as a fashion art director and illustrator. During that time, she illustrated several internationally-recognized children’s books for major publishers, including Random House, Putnam, and Simon & Schuster, and collaborated with prized authors, such as Jennifer L. Holm. Following her jump to Los Angeles, Elicia became a published author with a picture book released by Henry Holt & Co., which she both wrote and illustrated. 

Girl w/ Knife combines Elicia’s paper lust with her love of fashion, travel, a good laugh and anything the color of rosé. As a collage artist, quite literally there's always an X-acto knife within arm's reach. Her illustrations are a mixture of painted, cut paper and digital elements, with the creative process ever-supervised by Elicia’s fierce white cat. Our products are feminine, authentic, unapologetic, and just might break your most stoic RBF.  We believe in a life lived glamorously, with reckless abandon, in six-inch stilettos. 

Girl w/ Knife was founded in Los Angeles in 2018, the year of Elicia’s lucky number.