(revisiting my original post on INÉS FIGAREDO written in 2011 on my original, humble Tumblr blog: BEAU MONDE.)
Ines Figaredo, a former lawyer turned designer, aims to explore bags as an art form. And I’m obsessed. On the one hand here we are in uniformity coming for male and female styles: skinny jeans, sneakers, t-shirts, hype. There are a few places left to show your true investment in life as an art form and to dress the part. Each piece is conceptualized using nature and imagination as inspiration and they are handmade in Spain with the finest leather and materials such as 18K gold plated fittings.
Born in Madrid, cosmopolitan and culturally restless, Inés Figaredo was a passionate art lover since her teenage years. Nonetheless her education took her in a different direction. She graduated from Law school, and practiced in Spain before moving to London to work as a broker for one of the major Spanish maritime shipping companies. During these grey times she felt like “a tamed bird” since her artistry and her urgent need to express her creativity were disappointingly curbed.
A personal turning point made her look back to her first love strengthening her determination to follow her calling. She completed her studies in interior design and focused all her efforts on the fulfillment of her dreams: exploring the bag as an art form. And I think she did an exceptional job - watching her brand transform as it has over the years has been quite exciting and I would buy her bags over Judith Leiber any day - sorry but it’s the truth. The gypster aesthetic of her site. This sizzle video which focuses on craftsmanship with the french music. When looking at the two sites side by side it’s clear that Figaredo has no fear of Leiber… If I had to make a metaphor Figaredo is the Balenciaga to Leibers Louis Vuitton. And I’m speaking in the present where EVERYTHING has a logo on it - it’s awful!