The Paola Rodriguez RTW Label was founded in 2012 when Paola, the label's namesake, met with Katy. Pairing their respective creative and business backgrounds with a shared philosophy to create a collection that is made by local artisans, using high quality materials, a keen attention to detail, cut and finish.
Paola Rodriguez started out as an accessory and jewellery designer, studying at the Accademia Di Costume e di Moda in Italy, after which she begain developing a collection of her own. Working with experimental materials and designs she then moved back to Colombia to further her accessory design aspirations where her collections were featured in the likes of Harper’s Bazaar Mexico, ELLE Colombia, along with an exhibition of Colombian artisans in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington.
Paola was then lured back to Europe and studied BA Honours Ceramic Design at Central St Martins and took a leather accessory design course at London College of Fashion. Her passion for making then lead her to create her own handbag line, stocked in the acclaimed Browns Fashion and it wasn’t long before she had her own sewing machine, beginning her journey into womenswear design, starting with her own shirting line.
Meanwhile, Katy had started her career at Deutsche Bank, working as an Analyst before moving to Goldman Sachs and then BNP Paribas. Working across international clients with a mixed portfolio leant itself well to with lead the business, marketing and product development to perfectly complement Paola’s design skills.