Rolend Gumanas is an Oakland-based designer, specializing in the creation of handcrafted items made from salvaged materials of goods like denim, canvas, and leather. Gumanas works in her Downtown Oakland studio space, Werkshack, creating exclusive American handmade accessories, including: duffel bags, tote bags, plant hammocks, dopp kits, and leather key fobs. She visits local factories in search of salvaged materials that typically end up in a landfill and turns them into one-of-a kind, exclusive artisanal accessories.
“ When I see material, it's manifestation comes to me before thinking of developing a process. Intuitively, I imagine its form, purpose for organization, and its lifetime in wear. Salvaging materials is more than just caring about sustainability; it is a way to think out side of the box and give that piece a second life. This artistry of design is attempted by many but conquered by few, and with this in mind I can never stop my process." – Rolend Gumanas, designer.
Before launching Guro Designs, Gumanas worked as an Assistant Designer for Clinton Park, an apparel servicing company in San Francisco. Gumanas worked closely with Clinton Park crafting custom jeans for both men and women. Prior to that, she was a Denim Tailor/Repair Specialist for several top companies in New York, including Levi Strauss & Co. and Selfedge, further cultivating her passion for denim.
Gumanas has always been intrigued by the concept of creating art through apparel. She began her fashion career as a stylist and visual merchandiser but soon realized her niche was in design. She has a BA in Design and Apparel with a minor in Business Marketing from California State University - Sacramento.
Photographer Eugene Hood
Gumanas at Werkshack located Downtown Oakland.