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.