Missy DeGroot - DeGroot

Finalist of the The Heritage Bag Inspired by Guess Handbags

United States

2018 Finalist Missy DeGroot DeGroot


What does the Guess? brand mean to you and the inspiration for this sketch
The Guess? brand to me has always meant sexy, young, spirited, fashion and adventure. Capturing the iconic allure of some of the famous Guess? models who exuded these characteristics, in the 80's and early 90', I was inspired to design a sexy, yet casual bag style that I could see being worn by one of these beauties.

Why did you select these particular materials to work for your sketch?
Since denim was at the core of the brand, I believe it needed to be a major part of the design. Accenting the bag with gold metallic and leopard, gives the feminine and sexy vibe.

What is your design background?
I have a bachelor's of science in fashion design from the University of Cincinnati and launched DeGroot handbags in 2000-2011. I'm in the process of relaunching my brand and have been doing consulting and freelance design in the past several years for Isotoner Totes, R.G. Barry and others.

Do you currently design your own handbags collection? If so, would your GUESS? Design fit into your current line?
I do design my own collection and even though this submission is designed with the parameters of the Guess? category, it reflects my personal aesthetic and could be adapted to fit into my current line.

What materials do you normally work with?
I am inspired by beautiful leather, contrasts in materials and hardware. I work with patent and shine finishes as well as bold and exotic prints mixed with clear, solid colors. I enjoy using graphic patterns in contrast colors. Something that makes a statement!

What can you offer to the GUESS? aesthetic?
I can offer my own twist and fresh perspective to the Guess? aesthetic by my use of pattern and texture mixing. In my own collections, I enjoy taking a new twist on a retro or vintage idea. Making something old, look new again is a great challenge!

Bag Description
Missy DeGroot for GUESS? brand.Style: BombshellSilhouette: North South ToteMaterial: Quilted denim, gold metallic leather, (leopard) printed haircalfRetail: TBD

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