Maria Duque - Marigaby Designs

Finalist of the The Aimee Kestenberg "Self-Love" Inspired Handbag


2019 Finalist Maria Duque Marigaby Designs


Do you currently have your own brand or collection?
Yes, i have a small brand based in my country

What is your personal aesthetic and does it influence your design?
I like to be guided by a minimalist style, simply elegant but versatile, that can remain over the years, using a color palette and combinations that can go with everything, without leaving aside trends and uniqueness.

Why did you decide on this design? How does it fit into the theme of self love? What does that mean to you?
The meaning of a powerful woman mostly means being dynamic, having a purpose and supporting other women on their way; Self-love, among other things, means unconditional love, acceptance, self-confidence and commitment to your self-care and well-being. Based on that, I had to create a handbag that can be more than just a complement, it needs to be versatile, comfortable, casual and a support tool in this self-love journey. It has the perfect size, not to big and heavy, just enough room to carry all our essential items. You can switch from crossbody to shoulder bag or handheld adjusting to everywhere you are going with it. And it has a hidden/ unexpected mirror that can be used for anytime makeup; but it also works as a whiteboard for writing some positive quote you want to remember or you can write down a 'to do' list you need to keep in mind during your day. Plus a versatile base color with a very colorful and showy details to stand out your confidence!!

Why did you select these particular materials to work for your sketch?
I wanted to combine two textures of the same color, so I used black leather and suede. But the most outstanding part is the color embroidery on the sides and the strap.

What can you contribute to the Aimee Kestenberg brand? Do you follow AK on Instagram?
Yes, i follow Aimee since 2017 and love everything about her vision of design and personal growth. I could contribute by giving a simple and classic touch, turning their designs into unique pieces by adding the unmistakable details touch of the AK style

Bag description
Marigaby Designs, Crossbody Bag, Suede Faux Leather and Vinyl Leather, $150

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