Meet Gina Di Girolamo a budding and talented graduate of the Academy of Art & Fashion, San Francisco.

She had many tempting offers in NYC but she stayed – stayed to be part of what makes her feel good, stayed to be part of the huge fashion movement right here in Oakland, where her voice as a local designer means something more.

Gina Di Girolamo is an local Oakland indie fashion designer

Gina inhabits the most amazing space – note to self good location for just about anything:

Party – check

Photo shoot – check

Living space – check

Creative studio – check

Oh yes and she does, I am sure, use it to its full capacity.

Oakland is crammed full of such delectable delights, from the outside you don’t know what’s on the inside – okay, okay smart a** I know this goes for so many places, but you won’t get it till you visit artist after artist within the urban / suburban Oakland. Oakland is a treasure trove of secret living spaces within un-suspecting buildings..

Anyhow back to Gina, so apart from being mesmerized by her living/work space where she takes her creative brain from artistic mind – channels this to her magic hands and onto fabric – this charming lady has been known (and on my last check did) design AND manufacture her own collections -yes every last piece – such is the delight of her art. She was experimenting with costs- and it is costly to outsource, especially if you’re keeping the outsourcing local and not shipping the idea off to Asia. So WYV reader keep supporting local!

So what is Gina’s aesthetic?

-masculine yet feminine

– simple elegance

-hand done stitching

– hand done pattern making and pattern draping

-attention to detail

& let me tell you, looking at her collection it is all this and more.

It’s not for everyone and what is anyhow? That would be pretty boring!

Gina’s collection is classic yet current with a price tag that respects the energy and time expended on producing each piece. You pay for what you get and what you get here is a personal, delicate, luxury. Simple elegance describes her style with perfection and perfection her work is, every last detail thoughtful. The part I like the most – the feel of soft and expensive fabrics, you don’t have to have the price tag to confirm this you can feeeeel your way through her collection.

This lovely lady will get the attention she deserves because as she is, her collection is, when I say fashion has a voice, this is it, this is authentic fashion – Gina wears her voice through the clothing she designs – sweet, simple, sensitive, thoughtful designer collection for the feminine in the woman.

Here are some pics straight out of her studio and I give you a visual perspective of Gina’s creative living space.

Gina Di Girolamo sells in SF and local Oakland store Oak Common

 

Home made Tambour!! - This board is used for hand beading, but the board alone is a work of art even before she has started using it -  does this lady stop at nothing?!

Home made Tambour!! – This board is used for hand beading, but the board alone is a work of art even before she has started using it – does this lady stop at nothing?!

Hand done pattern making - whoa - this is way harder than I thought!

Hand done pattern making – whoa – this is way harder than I thought!

Gina hard at work

Gina hard at work

Clothes...lots of clothes by Gina Di Girolamo....

Clothes…lots of clothes by Gina Di Girolamo….

What is it about story boards that makes me all excited? - maybe it's the story book with pictures rather than words - I love this - it gives you a visual perspective of the simple, minimalist, luxurious, style to Gina's work

Hand embroidered sweat shirt – $153
Hand embroidered dress – $308
What is it about story boards that makes me all weak at the knees? – maybe because there are no words, just a picture story book – I love this – it gives you a visual perspective of the simple, minimalist, luxurious, style to Gina’s work

THE CAT- this cat LOVES to be part of the creative scene - my suggestion put cat to work - dip paws in paint and have it pitter patter beautiful cat prints all over one of her pieces...awww

THE CAT- this cat LOVES to be part of the creative scene – my suggestion put cat to work – dip paws in paint and have it pitter patter beautiful cat prints all over one of her pieces…awww

 

Shorts: $118 Vest: $95 Exclusive Gina print dress: $308 Jeans: $154 Have you seen that t-shirt? Check out its shape and now tell me this lady is not thinking about a woman's body shape - genius! Simple basics and I know by just touching those jeans they will fit like a glove and do that magic that good fit does - what I call ''suction'' - win, win I say!

Shorts: $118
Vest: $95
Exclusive Gina print dress: $308
Jeans: $154
Have you seen that t-shirt? Check out its shape and now tell me this lady is not thinking about a woman’s body shape – genius!
Simple basics and I know by just touching those jeans they will fit like a glove and do that magic that good fit does – what I call ”suction” – win, win I say!

 

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