On the eve of our establishment, my aim was to transform nature into modern life and fashion, and to offer people what is natural and the wealth coming from nature.
Could you tell us a little about yourself? How did your design journey begin?
After graduating from Tarsus American College, I studied Textile Development and Marketing in a double degree program organized by Istanbul Technical University and Fashion Institute of Technology. When I returned to Istanbul from New York, I founded BAGO in 2015, after the experi- ences I accumulated in Ralph Lauren Turkey and Beymen in 6 years.
Can you tell us about the emergence story of Bago?
On the eve of our establishment, my aim was to transform nature into modern life and fashion, and to offer people what is natural and the wealth coming from nature. I wanted to develop acces- sible, diverse designs that can appeal to every woman, where handcraft and natural beauties are at the forefront. That is how exactly the adventure of Bago was started.
Could you tell us about your collections and product range?
We offer a wide range of products for those who are always looking for elegance, with colorful hand portfolios of different sizes and shapes, handy backpacks and beach bags, produced fully hand- crafted.
What are the features that differentiate Bago’s design and products?
In our collections we have a rich palette of material from oyster shells to pineapple leaves, from banana tree to palm leaves, from seaweed to mother-of- pearl. In addition to these beauties; we use natural stones like amatist, turquoise, pearl, coral, quartz and lapis in our collections. The best part of this process is that no bags are the same at the end of production. That way, we customize each bag.
You indicate that Bago’s mission is sus- tainability. What are you excartly doing in this sense?
We do not use any unnatural raw materials in our designs, and it is the most sensitive subject that we pay the most attention to while supplying these raw materials.
Since our products are completely handmade, our machine usage and energy consumption are scarcely any. In addition, the dye we use are also chemical free radicals.
Our aim is to reflect all the beauties in nature to fashion in its crude form, without devastating nature,