Catalina Gomez - CATALINA GOMEZ

Finalist of the The Perfect Everyday Work Tote Bag by Aimee Kestenberg

United States

2017 Finalist Catalina Gomez CATALINA GOMEZ


Do you currently have your own brand or collection?
The inspiration for this sketch was the idea of women finally shattering the glass ceiling in the workplace. This tote would be the constant visual and tactile reminder for the client to shatter any goals they have set for themselves professionally.

What is your personal aesthetic?
The mock eel texture in the calf leather, along with the color, was reminiscent of shattered glass. The texture immediately read unique and complex.

What are your current strengths & weaknesses as a designer?
I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Accessory Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design from the University of Rhode Island. My undergrad was focused on apparel and my industry experience was in jewelry, so an accessories concentration is a career change for me; as well as becoming a designer. I am learning something new and interesting on a daily basis in my current program. Constructing products from scratch has been a brand new, scary, but all the while, exciting experience.

What is your dream job?
As I currently do not have my own collection, my current portfolio would allow the Phenom tote for Aimee Kestenberg to fit seamlessly into the assortment.

What materials do you work with?
Thus far, I have constructed my designs in leather. I am interested in gaining exposure to other materials before graduation.

What can you contribute to the Aimee Kestenberg brand?
I can offer the Aimee Kestenberg aesthetic cultural influences to an American design from my passion of exploring new countries and artisanal techniques.

Bag description
CATALINA, Phenom, Tote, Leather, $278

Bag description

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