- How did you start designing? Was it your dream to become a luxury designer?
As a child, I always dreamed of being a fashion designer. I always loved to create clothing and I used to alter my clothes to make new ones. Fashion has been a huge part of my life since forever. Then I got to study and make my work more professional. That is when I started my career and since then, it has been my life.
- What is the vision behind the brand?
Mariandrée Gaitán is a brand looking above everything, to make women feel great, and empower them through their beauty. Perfectly fitted dresses and luxurious materials, makes the Mariandrée women show off their best version of themselves, and feel completely beautiful when wearing one of her pieces.
- In 3 words, a woman that wears Mariandree Gaitan is…?
Beautiful, sexy and confident.
- How has your culture from Guatemala influenced you?
Growing up and living in a country like Guatemala, which is a very traditional and religious country, made me a very sensible and conscious person. In every home, there´s a woman who is the center and the spirit of every family. In that way, I got to discover the real value of women, which goes far beyond home duties and is mostly focused on love. At the same time, I got to watch my mom, which is a phenomenal entrepreneur and work oriented woman, who taught me to never stop fighting and looking for what I wanted in life. Growing up in Guatemala it has been the best inspiration for my brand and for the woman I design.
- What luxury means to you?
Feeling great in your own skin and being able to be happy with who you are. For me, that is a priceless luxury which is not easy to find these days. Our culture and even our own human nature sometimes make us feel unhappy with what we got. Most women feel uncomfortable with their bodies, desiring to change something all the time. I think knowing who you are and loving it, that is a real luxury.
- You recently participated in Monaco fashion week, tell us more about it.
It was my first experience as a designer performing in Europe. This was definitely a big deal for me, and I will always keep that memory in my heart. Monte-Carlo is an amazing city, and my collection was well accepted. As a city known for its luxury and high-end attendants, we at, Mariandreé Gaitán, felt that this is the right market for the brand.
- What is the biggest achievement of yours so far?
Definitely doing what I love, and being able to call that, my job. Also being a mom, a wife and the fact that I raised two daughters are true blessings to me. Being able to have a family and to build my own brand is the achievement of my life.
- Who is your fashion icon? Who inspires you?
Monique Lhuillier is a great designer who inspires my fashion career. I love the way she mixes high couture techniques with contemporary design. I´m also very inspired by nature which for me is the principal element of the universe.
- What is the plan for the new collection?
The complete collection ranges from different silhouettes with deep necklines that emphasize the feminine figure. We have some different types of dresses, from long ones to versions with pants. All ultra-feminine, but also appropriate for different types of women and a variety of occasions. Feminine, sensual, showing an empowered woman by her life, her spirit, and her body. Always confident type of a woman, drawing the attention of those who look at her.
- Any fashion weeks you have planned to attend? Who’s your customer? How do you
This year will be the Milano Fashion Week and Paris Fashion Week where I will get to show my Spring Summer 2019 collection.
My costumer is women of all ages wanting to look gorgeous and perfect in one of my dresses.
I empower women through my dresses because they make them feel beautiful and secure. The minute they get to wear one of my dresses, It’s like magic. They glow, they smile and they feel totally beautiful.
- Lastly, is there anything you’re currently working on? Any exciting plans or projects to be
Right now I’m working on my bridal collection to be presented in the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Guatemala. This will be a huge and exciting collection I’ve been working on lately. Also, I’m planning on launching a low-cost brand.