It’s doubtful anyone would call Columbia-born Catalina Gonzalez a cutting-edge designer. Rather she is a romantic at heart. That’s why her creative genes are more G-rated and she embraces the more “vintage and traditional”-type flourishing with love that came with her arrival in the States and her becoming a mother of four sons.
The result? An explosion of creativity and the development of the Dondolo line ranging from adorable creations for all ages to the recently added lifestyle settings that are so family-oriented.
As she told Southern Living this past March, ““When you host a meal, it’s like you’re sharing a part of your family—your traditions and culture—with your guests. There’s intimacy in that, so make the table interesting for whoever comes to sit there. Mix and match with what’s already in your house. What do you have from your grandmother or mom? Those elements will be conversation pieces.”
As Catlina explained, “My dream for the brand from the beginning was always in ‘Giving Back,’ both by supporting my native country and the local community of Dallas where I live with my family. Our clothing is manufactured in Colombia and made by local women and mothers, helping them earn the funds they need to help raise their children. In Dallas, Dondolo proudly supports local non-profit organizations that help women and children. I love knowing that when a customer buys from us, they are truly helping to make a difference in these families’ lives. With our Dondolo Gives Program, we are able to support mothers and their children within the community, which represents the heart and soul of the brand. The word ‘Dondolo’ means ‘to swing’ and I truly believe that the love you give is returned to you.”
It didn’t take long for major fashion powerhouses like LoveShackFancy to recognize and partner up with Catalina.
In recognition of her talents and success, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League is honoring Catalina with the 10th Annual Fashion Notes Designers Award at the annual Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show.
Co-chaired by Jada Mowles and Laura Price, the event’s honorary co-chairs will be former Fashion Notes Chair Karen Cox and her daughter/ DSOL 2020 deb Isabella Cox.
In addition to a seated luncheon, Robyn Chauvin will produce a fashion show including 2023 fall fashions from LoveShackFancy and Dondolo with accessories from Milliard Diamond Concierge and booties from Petite Paloma.
Sponsorships and tickets for the annual fundraiser at the Meyerson on Thursday, October 12, are available here.
* Graphic/photo provided by Dallas Symphony Orchestra League