BEHIND THE BRAND: WE INTERVIEW GINA LOPEZ, DESIGNER OF MARCELA'S ACCESSORIES
The Dress Collective is proud of its growing fashion family and our most recent addition is a testament to our ethical fashion ethos. Below, Gina Lopez shares her inspirations, her personal story and her passion for her Australian owned, designed and made jewellery label, Marcela's Accessories.
Who or what influenced your relationship with fashion growing up?
My passion for fashion began from the start of my modeling career and being in beauty pageants.
Did you study fashion or are you self-taught?
I am self taught.
What led you to launching a brand and when did you launch?
I love colorful things. In my home country, the stones are beautiful and the craft designs are very popular. I was inspired by this and started playing around with designs. I wanted to be different so I hand-made big pieces with a lot of colour and from there came the idea of launching my line in August 2014.
Describe your brand to our readers?
Big and modern with a lot of creativity! All necklaces are unique one-off pieces and ideal for any occasion.
Where are your pieces designed and made?
I design and make all of my necklaces from home and I put a bit of love in each piece that I make.
What does a week in your shoes looks like?
Very busy now that I have a daughter! I have more responsibility with my family and work, so it can be challenging at times but I enjoy every moment, especially when I am making my pieces.
Why are you passionate about manufacturing your brand in Australia?
I love being creative and every time I design and make a necklace it is incredibly fun. Australia has many options for fashion all the time and there is always something new and I think that it is a country where you can receive very good support as a designer.
Explain the process of one of your pieces?
I design small and big pieces such as necklaces using stones, crystals, corals and other beautiful things derived from nature, as well as my own inspiration. All of my necklaces are one-off and I do not repeat any.
What challenges do you face as an Australian made brand?
Slow expansion of my brand is one of the difficulties.
Brand highlights or achievements to date?
Marcela's Accessories is relatively new in the industry but we have been featured in numerous publications such as Fashion Observer Magazine and we've participated in fashion events such as FaceFashion in Sydney and the launch party of Naked Magazine from Undress Runways in Brisbane.
Support Australian made labels and shop the full range from Marcela's Accessories here.