Of all of the businesses that Christine could start, why did she decide on handbags? She said her business was not started because of her love for accessories but because she “was missing something” when it came to her experience as a consumer.
Christine said when she looked for a laptop bag, she could not find one that was functional and stylish, so she decided to design them herself.
A Busy Woman
Though she was first a model and then a handbag designer, Christine has also made a handful of tv appearances on shows like "Entertainment Tonight," "Inside Edition," "Biography and E!" and "Live from the Red Carpet".
She may have never imagined having a life somewhat in the spotlight, but Christine was willing to give up a private life for the man she loved.
Beauty and Brains
Christine Baumgartner wasn’t just another beautiful model when Kevin Costner met her, she also had a Business degree from the University of California-Fullerton. It’s this Business degree that lent itself to helping her start her handbag business with her friend Tamara Muro.
Her degree combined with her starting a business shows that Christine is a woman with goals.
Cat Bag Couture
Christine originally started her business with her friend Tamara Muro, but she later had to leave the business for family obligations. She then began running the business, Cat Bag Couture, with a handful of other employees. Her most popular bags are her laptop bags which are designed to be fashionable and functional.
They feature metallic leather and faux fur but are also made with features similar to any laptop bag. She has sold her bags online and in boutique stores such as Hidden Jewel in Aspen, Colorado.
Though his youngest children are with Christine Baumgartner, Costner also has 3 much older children. His oldest, from his marriage to Cindy Costner, is Annie Costner. She appeared in three of his films including "Dances with Wolves," "Waterworld," and "The Postman."
Annie graduated from Brown University in 2006 and now works as a producer in Hollywood. In 2016, she walked down the aisle, escorted by her dad, to marry California native, Dr. Danny Cox.