Pilar Tarrau - Pilar Tarrau Bags

Finalist of the Distinctly Denim by Guess Handbags


2014 Finalist Pilar Tarrau Pilar Tarrau Bags


What is your inspiration for this sketch?
My inspiration has always been the colorful and bold details of my native culture and the numerous country sites of Latin America. My travel experience to other outstanding landscapes such as St. Moritz in Switzerland and Aspen Colorado has helped me develop a special sense of style and the opportunity to showcase the beauty of my country through my creations. For this particular style, Colorado was certainly a big inspiration while simultaneously implementing a western sophistication combined with fringe into the handbag.

Why did you select the particular materials to work within your sketch?
Personally, I love the jean texture and the versatility of the material that is very complementary with other fabrics. The gold studs on the handbag display a sense of sophistication giving the opportunity to be flexible during the day or night.

What is your design background?
I am a passionate Venezuelan native designer now based in Miami, Florida. I studied at the Miami International University of Art & Design where I focused on accessory design. In addition, I completed a specialization in interior design with a focus on texture combinations. Currently, I work for Hola Magazine for the styling department in Miami, with a further concentration in Spain and Mexico. Since I was a child, I have been inspired by the colorful and boldness of my native culture and the country locales of Latin America. I have experienced first-hand a real and genuine connection with my South American roots and the surroundings that Venezuela produces through its flora and fauna, especially in textures, colors, and silhouettes. Furthermore, I recently participated in the Aspen International Fashion Week 2014 showcasing my collection, which provided an excellent educational platform for my designs on a global scale.

Do you currently design your own handbags collection? If so, would your GUESS? Design fit into your current line?
Yes, I currently design my own handbag collections and feel my GUESS design would be a great fit to the collection. I believe the Jean handbag has the ideal texture palette allowing for versatility with many outfits and collections.What materials do you normally work with? Leather, calf hair, mink, fox, and exotic skins to mention a few.

What materials do you normally work with?

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