Alejandro Guillen - Alava

Finalist of the The Harrian Best Student Made Handbag

United States

2019 Finalist Alejandro Guillen Alava

Alejandro Guillen FINALIST'S PROFILE

School of Attendance
Fashion Institute of Technology, 227w 27th StNew York, New York 10029. This is a Fashion School.

What is your major?
AAS in Accessory Design

What inspires you? Are there Instagram accounts you follow for inspiration?
I am inspired by developing products based on how I see the world and the women around me who inspire me. I am a firm believer that the images and intent one uses in design shapes the way people engage with one another. It is also my belief that a designer has the ability to shape their client in such an impactful way it causes the end user to strive and be the best version of themselves and believe that anything and everything is possible for them.

Are your bags already in production? Where are they manufactured and how many have you sold to date?
I am not yet in production. Thus far I have made bags in school, as I am in my first year at FIT.

What kind of technology do you use to create your bag?
In terms of technology, I did not use any in the creation of this bag. For this stage in my design career, I find it best to use the foundational instruments of design and allow paper and pencil to be my canvas. I find it allows me to flow and engage with my work at the moment, as I react to the materials and shapes I choose to manifest.

Bag Description
Alava, " The Baylock Box Bag", embossed leather bag with patent leather flower applique. $1,695

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