Karina Gamez a designer for the modern businesswoman
NYFW 2015 saw the introduction of new women’s ready-to-wear fashion brand Karigam. A year and a half later, you’d be forgiven if you haven’t heard the name yet, but Karigam is certainly one to watch out for. Not least because founder, CEO, and Creative Director Karina Gamez broke the fashion mould with her unusual path to creating a clothing label.
Karina Gamez is an inspiration to women everywhere whose dream is to create fashion brand, but without the traditional fashion background, and without studying at Parsons. In fact, Gamez proves that business prowess is just as important in today’s fashion world. Born and raised in Venezuela, Gamez gained expertise in business first, working for her family’s company in roles as diverse as operations, logistics, finance, and HR. She studied Business Administration and Fashion Design, and her business skills lead the company to outstanding growth.
Gamez then made the leap into fashion and introduced her own NYC-based fashion label at what turned out to be a very popular NYFW show. Her business knowledge ensures that the Karigam brand has a strong a focus on delivering the highest-quality materials, fabrics, and crafting. Her first collection was sourced entirely from high-quality Italian fabrics. Moreover, each item is designed to perfection, with an aesthetic inspired by art, architecture, cityscapes, and geometry.
As such, Karigam’s clothing is functional but refined, intelligent but simple. From straight perfectly-tailored trousers to knee-length leather skirts—Karigam designs for the modern, metropolitan, business woman. Her clothes convey an elevated, high-end, aesthetic—always elegant, contemporary, and stylish.
As a business woman herself, Gamez understands that the metropolitan woman needs her clothing to be functional and stylish not just in the office or boardroom, but also for travel, home, and relaxation. As such, Karigam offers chic leather biker jackets in burnt orange for a day in the city, khaki boucle cold shoulder jumpers to curl up in front of the fire, thick-knit roll-neck jumpers and maxi dresses for weekends away.
Her sophisticated and minimalist designs feature very few patterns, predominantly earthy and monochrome tones, and luxurious mixed fabrics. Her signature styles include fur edging, asymmetric and unusual hemlines, and high roll necks. Gamez herself describes her designs as “architectural”, and indeed it’s easy to see how they are reflective of the shapes and colours of the city, from the glossy skyscrapers to the grey sidewalks of New York City.
You can currently buy Karigam clothing in Karigam stores in New York and Miami. Her online store is soon to open, and you can keep up with Karigam’s latest designs on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.