We had the good fortune of connecting with Analisa Jimenez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Analisa, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I believe every artist, designer or creative comes to this crossroad at least once. It’s the true mark of artists isn’t it? The “starving artist”. I have been there a few times! However, being a true Sagittarius- hardheaded and never a quitter, I continue finding new ways to diversify my income and projects. Especially since being thrown for a loop at the start of the pandemic, scrambling to stay afloat. Working with other brands in production and collaborating to make exclusive designs that remain behind the scene from Marloe, are just some of the ways I keep my creativity going and funding for my true love- Marloe. Being self funded since our inception in 2014, you get quite comfortable thinking creatively for income. I think the way to know for sure if it’s time to call it quits, is when this no longer brings me joy and inspiration has dried out. It’s a total cliche, but you have to love design to be in the design world, otherwise it’s just a job.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m Analisa, designer and founder of Marloe, a contemporary leather goods company that mindfully hand makes all designs to order for responsible and conscious production practices. Since our launch in March of 2014, we have been dedicated to a more conscious and responsible way of production. Always hand making our designs to order. Once misunderstood and confused with the “DIY” movement, we have come a long way from explaining why we produce the way me do, to now becoming part of a sustainable fashion revolution. The fashion world is now saturated with sustainable brands and what a great change that is, but Marloe has always been handmade to order under one roof and we’ve only perfected our craft in simple functional design to help your bag stay with you forever, even through ever changing trends. With new colors added to our signature collection and new exclusive designs launching in Spring 2021, I’m very much looking forward to sharing all the “newness” in 2021!
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Kinda hard to answer this one with a pandemic raging! YIKES! Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The pandemic made it hard to keep Marloe going, so I needed to think outside the box and join another brand in their production on the side. A huge thanks and shoutout goes to Hanna of Sotela Co, a radically inclusive and sustainable brand.