Global Designer Spotlight: Pink Bull from Mexico City, Mexico
By: Hina P. Ansari
*This is part of Ramp 1885′s newest series, “Fashion Travelogue–Mexico City, Edition” where we personally explore the city’s greater style scene including cool boutiques and chats with the city’s style makers. Perfect for the fashion traveller.
*Special thanks to Senora Nadine Karachi-Estrada
As a stylist for Vogue Mexico, one can say that Gabriela Ehrenberg already has a pretty good start in the fashion world. However not everyone can parlay that experience into their own fashion line. And that is why Gabriela sets herself apart from the rest of the stylish set. At 21, she knew exactly what she wanted to do and forged ahead, creating her own brand of handbags called Pink Bull.
Fast forward three years, along with some pretty enviable placement in leading fashion publications, Pink Bull has expanded into a fabulous handbag, shoe and accessories collection of any pret-a-porter catwalk. I had the chance to talk with this enterprising fashion mogul-in-the-making about her inspirations, the importance of support and keeping it real.
So how did you get into fashion industry?
I work in Mexico as a fashion coordinator for Vogue Mexico. I really started to get interested in fashion. I started to design. I started this as a small collection to see how it worked. It got really really good feedback from everyone and then I started to think to make it like full-time. I started three years ago. This collection, I just started working on it a year ago.
Tell me about the beauty of the python?
Well, I think it’s really unique and really special. I love the texture. These skins are from Cambodia and are treated in Italy. I think they have the best treatment ever, so it’s very special.
The bull centrepeice is gorgeous!
It’s made by a jeweler [in Mexico]. Jewelers make the bull so it’s really a special piece. Every piece is made by hand.
What is the process of making each bag?
Skin is from Cambodia and then they treat the skin in Italy. The chains and the hardware came from New York and from Milan. And the Toro, which means “Bull” in Spanish, is made here in Mexico by a jeweler. As mentioned, each piece is made by hand. So it’s special.
This is special because you have an element of Mexico here. You’re looking forward to do more?
I bring everything, the skin, the hardware and I make it here in Mexico.
I like that you are focused on creating jobs here in Mexico.
Yes. Mexican designs are like coming together now. It‘s really important.
How are you expanding your brand’s awareness?
I’m starting up a showroom now. I’ve been approached by a store in St. Barts where they’ll be featuring Latin American brands. I’m also starting [here] with families and friends. I will be doing a store for a month in Puebla here in Mexico, to test it out.
Would you like to have your own store?
Yes. I’d rather have my store.
Are there any designers from Italy, from Paris or from New York who inspire you?
Well, I would really like to keep my own style. It’s always going to be from me and not inspired by somebody else. I design everything for me to wear. I love every piece that I wear.
As a very young entrepreneur, what is the best advice that you’ve received?
My boss at Vogue Mexico really inspired me. She’s a really intelligent woman and she told me to go forward with my dreams. She really inspired me to do my thing. To be myself.
What’s her name?
Eva Hughes. She’s the Chief Executive of Condé Nast Mexico and Latin America. She’s really smart and she really inspired me. I was really lucky to [have] worked with her.
What advice would you give to someone, who like you, are in their early 20’s and who loves fashion and wants to start up a business?
I think you have to keep being yourself. No matter what people think about it, just keep doing your thing. Love what you do because that’s the result you’ll see.
Where would you see yourself five years from now?
Well, I hope I can have my own store in Mexico, Europe and United States.
So, what do you hope for people like me who aren’t from Mexico learn from you about Mexican designers?
Well, I think it’s really important to learn that Mexican designers are really good right now. Because many people think it’s not good in Mexico but it’s really good. It’s amazing. Here, it’s a reflection of quality and talent. So I think it’s really important to know that Mexico now is a reflection of good things.
You can check out Pink Bull’s Facebook page here.
Photography by Pink Bull