South African handbag designer Adrian Furstenburg is living proof that following your dreams pays off in the end!
Yesterday in a glittering event attended by designers and movers and shakers in the industry from all over the world he won the category, Guess #AllAboutTheLogo at the 10th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards.
Furstenburg together with Marissa van Zyl made the shortlist and were selected as finalists in this category which has only 40 finalists selected from more than 1 500 worldwide entrants.
Handbag Designer 101 is the brainchild of handbag-designer-turned-curator, Emily Blumenthal, the Handbag Awards (www.thehandbagawards.com) provides emerging designers the opportunity to collaborate with a top brand and show their work to the world.
Some of the prizes up for grabs include a feature in the September issue of InStyle, an on-air sales opportunity with EVINE Live, and partnerships with Guess, Mary Kay Cosmetics and more.
Adrian Furstenburg took the honours in his section with this delightful creation, called the "Collette".
What is your inspiration for this sketch?
The signature shape of the GUESS? logo is the red triangle. I used this shape and the point of my inspiration with classic red and blue trims as detail below the logo and the word GUESS? will be embroidered to wrap around the front and side area of the bag . The shape is a classic carry bag where the materials and colors brings a fun and sporty edge.
Why did you select these particular materials to work for your sketch?
Mock leather is perfect for construction and to get the exact color for this fun and sporty type of look.
What is your design background?
I have a Diploma in Textile Design and Technology, obtained from the Tshwane University of Technology in 2006. I currently have my own label where I do all the drawings with pen and paper and illustrate it on Adobe Photoshop
Do you currently design your own handbags collection? If so, would your GUESS? Design fit into your current line?
Yes I do. Indeed it will, as I want to create a fun and sporty type of range later in the year.
What materials do you normally work with?
I usually work with leather, mock-leather and canvas type fabrics.
What can you offer to the GUESS? aesthetic?
I have a vibrant design background, with experience in costume design in Paris through to having my own handbag label in South Africa. Therefor my experience in illustration, design, marketing and understanding of a brand essence is what I can offer to GUESS?.
Guess Bags/Adrian Furstenburg, Carry Bag, Collette Carrier, Mock Leather, $150
We would live to wish Adrian Furstenburg a hearty congratulations on his award and cannot wait to see what the future holds for this bright star who is doing South Africa proud!
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