The Brilliance of Degabriel: Artistry Meets Geometry

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We had an amaz­ing inter­view with the team of Degabriel, who cre­ate amaz­ing geo­met­ric design inspired by nature and math­e­mat­ics.

Who is Degabriel?

Meet Fáti­ma de Gabriel, a sea­soned fash­ion pro­fes­sion­al with a wealth of expe­ri­ence and a com­pre­hen­sive edu­ca­tion. Fáti­ma stud­ied fash­ion design at ESD Madrid and lat­er spe­cialised in fash­ion prod­uct man­age­ment at Isti­tu­to Europeo di Design. She also com­plet­ed two addi­tion­al cours­es on mar­ket­ing and sus­tain­abil­i­ty, the lat­er at Lon­don Col­lege of Fash­ion, which have pro­vid­ed her with a well-round­ed knowl­edge base.

Fáti­ma’s exten­sive edu­ca­tion has been com­ple­ment­ed by her diverse expe­ri­ences in the fash­ion indus­try. She has worked in show­rooms, includ­ing InFash­ion and Albion, and has also designed for El Gan­so and Pedro del Hier­ro. With such a var­ied back­ground, Fáti­ma has built a strong foun­da­tion for her own brand, Degabriel, which she found­ed in 2020.

The team at Degabriel, Fáti­ma at the right and Lor­eine at the left. Paris Fash­ion Week. March 2023

How­ev­er, Fáti­ma has not been work­ing alone. She has part­nered with Lor­eine Jiménez, a glob­al sales strate­gist for the brand. Lor­eine is an expert in lux­u­ry man­age­ment and human resources, mak­ing her a valu­able asset to the team. Togeth­er, Fáti­ma and Lor­eine are a pow­er­ful duo, dri­ving the suc­cess of Degabriel for­ward.

Degabriel ‘s collection at Paris Fashion Week

At Degabriel, inspi­ra­tion is drawn from the beau­ty of nature and the Gold­en Ratio. This time­less pro­por­tion is present in every aspect of our envi­ron­ment, from the growth of trees to the bloom­ing of flow­ers and the devel­op­ment of entire ecosys­tems. Incor­po­rat­ing this nat­ur­al har­mo­ny into the brand, they are able to cre­ate designs that are not only aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing but also bal­anced and sus­tain­able. The Gold­en Ratio serves as a guide for their cre­ative process, help­ing to achieve a sense of pro­por­tion and bal­ance in every aspect of their work.

The Gold­en Ratio, also known as the Gold­en Num­ber, Gold­en Pro­por­tion, or the Divine Pro­por­tion, is a ratio between two num­bers that is approx­i­mate­ly equal to 1.618. It is often sym­bol­ised by the Greek let­ter Phi (ϕ) and is close­ly relat­ed to the Fibonac­ci Sequence. The Fibonac­ci sequence is a series of num­bers where each num­ber is the sum of the two pre­ced­ing num­bers, start­ing from 0 and 1. The sequence goes like this: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and so on. The ratio of each num­ber and its pre­ced­ing num­ber in the sequence grad­u­al­ly approach­es the val­ue of 1.618 or phi.

The Gold­en Ratio is a remark­able and uni­ver­sal con­cept that is present in every moment of our lives, if we take the time to look for it. At Degabriel, they strive to incor­po­rate this inspi­ra­tion into every aspect of the designs, from the small­est details to the over­all archi­tec­tur­al struc­ture, reflect­ing the beau­ty and equi­lib­ri­um of nature.

The stand­out piece in the col­lec­tion is the Olme­do, a rec­tan­gu­lar bag with an archi­tec­tur­al shape that resem­bles a lay­ered build­ing. It’s a tes­ta­ment to the col­lec­tion’s ele­gance and sophis­ti­ca­tion, and both Lor­eine and Fáti­ma agree that it’s their favorite piece. With its dis­tinct han­dle and care­ful­ly craft­ed design, the Olme­do bag is a true work of art to wear.

Sustainability. Towards the future.

Degabriel’s pro­duc­tion is both future proof and inspired by the past. This idea of metic­u­lous­ly con­struct­ed bags is rem­i­nis­cent of those that Daniel Lee intro­duced in 2019 with the Cas­sette bag for Bot­te­ga Vene­ta, and it reflects the high­est of leather crafts­man­ship, all made the tra­di­tion­al way in the city of Ubrique.

Ubrique, locat­ed in south­ern Spain, has earned its rep­u­ta­tion as the coun­try’s leather cap­i­tal. The town boasts a rich his­to­ry of pro­duc­ing some of the finest leather cre­ations, which have been sought after by some of the world’s most renowned brands, includ­ing Loewe, Dior, Chanel, Pra­da, Givenchy, and Louis Vuit­ton. Their exquis­ite use of the mate­r­i­al and atten­tion to detail have set a high bar in the fash­ion indus­try and con­tin­ue to inspire arti­sans world­wide.

The vil­lage of Ubrique
The vil­lage of Ubrique

Degabriel is com­mit­ted to sus­tain­abil­i­ty and uses leather that is cer­ti­fied by the Leather Work­ing Group. This leather is sourced from the left­overs of the food indus­try and meets the high­est stan­dards for envi­ron­men­tal process­es in tan­ning and leather treat­ment. By util­is­ing this mate­r­i­al, Degabriel is able to cre­ate their prod­ucts while min­imis­ing their envi­ron­men­tal impact.

In addi­tion to their mate­ri­als, Degabriel has tak­en steps to reduce their car­bon foot­print. Their fac­to­ries are ful­ly self-suf­fi­cient, pow­ered by solar pan­els. Degabriel is com­mit­ted to sus­tain­able prac­tices through­out their sup­ply chain, and their pack­ag­ing is made from reused fibers, ensur­ing a sus­tain­able life cycle. Also, they are sell­ing pre-loved bags on their web­site, pro­long­ing their life cycle even fur­ther. By pri­ori­tis­ing sus­tain­abil­i­ty, Degabriel is set­ting an exam­ple for the fash­ion indus­try to fol­low.

The inter­view end­ed on an emo­tion­al note, as Degabriel’s team shared a beau­ti­ful moment with us. When asked about some­thing pos­i­tive that had hap­pened to them that week, they both expressed grat­i­tude for the sup­port they’ve received on their entre­pre­neur­ial jour­ney. Know­ing that they have a net­work of peo­ple who believe in their vision has brought them great joy and moti­va­tion.

As we wrapped up the inter­view, Degabriel’s duo shared their final thoughts on their brand. They spoke about their mis­sion to cre­ate prod­ucts that inspire oth­ers to pur­sue their own pas­sions, and their desire to make a pos­i­tive impact in the world. By cre­at­ing some­thing that is not just for them­selves or a small cir­cle of peo­ple, but for any­one who seeks beau­ty and sus­tain­abil­i­ty, Degabriel is paving the way for a more con­scious and inclu­sive future.

Written by David Ferrero
March 24, 2023

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