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CO-FOUNDERS

Born in Medellín, Colombia, Mariana Hinestroza and Catalina Álvarez met in college while studying fashion design, where they soon became good friends and business partners. They are both loving mothers. Mariana has two kids, Gael and Valentino, and Catalina has three, Valerio, Alegría, and Amor. Though the duo likes to say they share two more children: Agua Bendita and Agua by AB. Visionary entrepreneurs and profoundly creative women, they are the leading minds and hearts behind our label.

Close to twenty years ago, Catalina & Mariana started our sister brand, Agua Bendita, with nothing more than some leftover fabric cuttings and an infinite amount of dreams. In 2018, they conceived Agua by AB as an ode to Latin America's culture, biodiversity, and master artisanship. Today, they are proud to oversee two of the preeminent Colombian fashion brands in the world.

"Our role is creative. We are passionate about trendsetting and teamwork," Catalina says. "And the most important part is we complement each other. When I'm in outer space dreaming bigger than big, Mari perfectly understands what I'm thinking. She makes our dreams come true with her incredible talent as an executive."


5 QUESTIONS WITH OUR FOUNDERS

MARIANA


As a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Ballet dancer.
Bikini or one-piece?
Right now, one-piece.
What’s something valuable you’ve learned from working with female artisans?
Their ability to be artists without knowing it and the love they put into everything they do.
Favorite place in Latinamerica?
Medellín!
In three words, how would you describe Catalina?
Creative, dreamer, persistent.

CATALINA

As a little girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A veterinarian.
Bikini or one-piece?
Bikini.
What’s something valuable you’ve learned from working with female artisans?
Seeing the love between generations, how one learns from the other and everything comes from their ancestors.
Favorite place in Latinamerica?
Medellín!
In a few words, how would you describe Mariana?
Dreamer, disciplined, creative.

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