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Unbuttoned with design duo Andrea & Juanita Gil

Sisters Andrea and Juanita Gil

It wasn't so long ago that VAUGHAN was in its early infancy and as a result I get very excited when I hear about fantastic new start-ups entering the fashion world. I was introduced to GILS by a mutual friend and fell in love with their clean, sleek lines and bold graphic prints.

I immediately reached out to Juanita Gils, one half of the design team to get the story:

"Andrea and I have always had our last name as our brand in different projects and it has given exciting results.

Five years ago, after our university thesis in fashion and textile design at the IED from Barcelona, we both went our ways to gather work experience and learn from the fashion industry. Being apart after sharing four years during our studies was a challenge, but it made us more independent and helped us grow and develop really strong point of views!

Andrea worked for different independent designers, such as fashion and textile designer Martin Lamothe. I moved to Madrid to work for the luxury brand Loewe in the production department for accessories. We both shared what we were learning, and after 2 years and a half we decided it was time to create our own project.
Andrea shared with me all the graphic, prints, geometry, and pattern-making world she had learned and I was in love the leather industry.

From this point, we knew the beautiful craftsmanship of making handbags was what we were both wanted to create. Pure geometry and ethnic graphics! These is the starting point that inspire and identify us.

Fall- Winter 15 is our first collection, which we have just recently launched in Paris during fashion week. We are very excited of whats yet to come and of course  work with our home country, Colombia."

Unbuttoned with...Juanita Gil
Style icon: Kate Bosworth
Favorite heroine: My mother
Dream lunch date:  Sebastiao Salgado
Favorite cliché: Don’t leave for tomorrow what you can do today
Personal motto: Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.
Idea that changed your life: When I understood you should work hard and stay humble, it’s our best virtue
Always trying to improve: Not to be so perfectionist!
Most envious of: People who wake up early everyday and people who can sing, even just for fun.
Most inspired by: Cultures
Fashion item you would ban: none
Favorite piece in your wardrobe: Black leather jacket
Biggest extravagance: Handbags and Jewelry
Cant bare to spend on: Cellphone bills
Irrational fear of: Air planes
Brains or beauty: Both
Audrey or Katharine Hepburn: Katherine
Jennifer Lopez or Lawrence: Lopez
Diamonds or pearls: Diamonds

Unbuttoned with...Andrea Gil
Style icon: Rosie Huntington- Whiteley
Favorite heroine: Aimee Mullins
Dream lunch date: Corine Roitfeld
Favorite cliché: everything has a solution except death
Personal motto: Stop talking, start doing.
Idea that changed your life: GILS
Always trying to improve: Myself
Most envious of: People who know more than 2 languages.
Most inspired by: Art
Fashion item you would ban: Baggy pants
Favorite piece in your wardrobe: Leather jacket
Biggest extravagance: Shoes
Can’t bare to spend on: Rent
Irrational fear of: Failure
Brains or beauty: Both
Audrey or Katharine Hepburn: Audrey
Jennifer Lopez or Lawrence: None
Diamonds or pearls: Diamonds


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  • Beautiful designs. Can’t wait to get mine.

    Karen Martens on