ABOUT US


Agua Bendita started out as a dream, the one of Catalina Álvarez and Mariana Hinestroza, two Colombian women that decided to follow their passion for design and created a brand of unique and exclusive swimsuits. They wanted to tell their story to the world and show what Colombia is about through the mixture of details, contemporary design and handicrafts.

The founders have always been fearless to take risks and their strong sense of entrepreneurship is what has driven the company to be always in the search of new creative ways of expressing their essence to women around the world, and that is the reason why they have worked with international icons as Bar Refaeli, Irina Shayk, Izabel Goulart, Candice Swanepoel, Sara Sampaio and Kendall Jenner in their campaigns.

Agua Bendita garments are the result of combining the passion of the designers and the original artisan work of hundreds of Colombian women.


"We think that by social work we make a better world, we are passionate about handicrafts".
Catalina Álvarez and Mariana Hinestroza


OUR STORY




Agua Bendita started in 2003 as a swimwear brand that was sold to their friends and families. Their first workplace was Catalina’s house.

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FOUNDERS


Catalina and Mariana are two friends who believed in the same dream. They got into fashion design without knowing that they would unite their talents to become the owners and designers of their own brand. Agua Bendita was born in a classroom; with pieces of fabrics and with their grandmother’s sewing machine. Their creativity awoke when they used those tiny fabrics pieces into the confection of swimming suits and garments filled with manual details and originality.

Since the beginning, Catalina and Mariana unlearned what they have learned in their pattern and design classes, by taking the risk of creating unique pieces with new textures, fabrics and silhouettes. Pieces that were different to what the market was offering.

Passionate for the handcrafted work and influenced by their Colombian culture, Catalina and Mariana made their dream come true. At first, they designed in Catalina’s house and took their designs to a dressmaker so she could make the final piece. But the time passed and one single dressmaker wasn’t enough for Agua Bendita. Both designers have always had a great sense of belonging for their country and they knew that Agua Bendita could be the place where many women could also achieve their dreams. So gradually, they started to build a workplace for hundreds of women who make unique pieces that now thousands of women wear in more than 50 countries where Agua Bendita is present.

Catalina is a joyful, charismatic and creative woman. Her life turns around creating collections with Mariana while she shares time with her two children, Valerio and Alegría. Mariana is an athlete, she was a ballet dancer for many years and the discipline she learned from it led her to be a talented and structured designer. She has a strong character but an enormous heart that makes her want to help everyone she’s in the capacity to do so. Mariana’s son is Valentino.

Catalina and Mariana share their lives as partners, friends, designers and mothers.