Carissa Evangelista is the owner of Beatriz accessories (named after her daughter Isabella Beatriz), popular for minaudieres and handmade jewelry. Before starting her business, she worked for the Department of Trade and Industry’s regional operations, a post that influenced her commitment to bridge the work of local artisans to the international market. It must be a family trait; she is, after all, the niece of Josie Natori.
A sample of Beatriz' popular minaudieres.
Tell us about the story, materials, and inspiration behind your collaboration with Cheetah Rivera. What's your work dynamic like?
I learned of Cheetah's work seeing her beautiful creations on her clients, in magazines, and on Instagram. I haven't actually met her personally but am a fan of her work. I met Andre Chang one day in a charming little cafe in Jupiter and he thought our bright happy clutches would be a great fit with the work of Cheetah for this super exciting Preview collaboration project.
Coming from accessories, what challenges did you face while being involved in designing and producing something beyond your usual line of work? How did you overcome these challenges?
The final look Beatriz and Cheetah came up with.
We had an existing design for a bag that would be perfect for Spring/Summer 2016 and popular for orders in East Coast and Palm Beach in the US. The bright happy colors served as inspiration for the collaboration piece with Cheetah.
"It is important to respect the outlook, talent, and viewpoint of people that you work with so that you come up with a great product."
I actually came from a garments background and used to be one of the suppliers of Coco Cobana but I know the discipline of making accessories is very different from the discipline of making garments. I have the highest respect for designers and enjoy being around creative talent and master craftsmen. I guess since the hard clutch we featured uses a gluing technique in making graphic prints, the challenge was how to translate that type of technique and the textured feeling of the print into a dress. The time frame of the project was also a challenge. Embroidery and photo print are some of the solutions we came up with on a simple A-line shift so the print can be noticed and shown simply on a modern and clean shape.
What's the ultimate lesson/takeaway from this experience?
The ultimate takeaway I had from this experience is that in collaboration, it is important to respect the outlook, talent, and viewpoint of people that you work with so that you come up with a great product in the time frame the product is needed. I am so grateful to Preview that I was given this opportunity.
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Main image photographed by Koji Arboleda