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Friday, October 11, 2013

{A Day in the Life of}: Annie Chajin, a Panamanian designer

Annie Chajin Panama

Hello everyone! Today I want to share with all of you this amazing experience I had of meeting up with Annie Chajin, a successful Panamanian designer that will be presenting at Fashion Week Panama tomorrow, and getting to know more about her designs and personal life. I thought it would be fun to explore what a typical day in her life would be like and share it with all of you :)

Hola a todos! Hoy quiero compartir con todos ustedes esta maravillosa experiencia que tuve de conocer a Annie Chajin, una exitosa diseñadora panameña que se presenta en el Fashion Week Panamá mañana, y conocer más acerca de sus diseños y su vida personal. Me pareció super divertido la idea de explorar cómo es un día típico en su vida y compartirlo con todos ustedes ;)

Annie Chajin Panama

Annie Chajin is best know for her amazing designs inspired by Panamanian ethnic culture as well as her incredible use of color and fun prints. I remember the first time I saw her designs at Fashion Week Panama a year or two ago, and I was instantly obsessed with the overall happy feeling her designs convey. Everything she does seems to be so cheerful, positive, and colorful (so naturally I feel it goes well with my personality! hehe).

Annie Chajin es reconocida por sus lindos diseños inspirados en la cultura étnica panameña, así como su increíble uso de color y divertidos estampados. Recuerdo la primera vez que vi sus diseños en Fashion Week Panamá hace un año o dos atrás y quedé obsesionada con la alegría y positividad que sus diseños transmiten. Todo lo que ella diseña me parece tan alegre, positivo, y lleno de color (así que naturalmente siento que encaja muy bien con mi personalidad! hehe).

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**Some of her past designs (Click on photo for the image source)
**Algunos de sus diseños pasados (Hagan click en las fotos para ver la fuente de la imagen)

A typical day in Annie's life starts off by walking to a seamstress that lives a few blocks from her home.  There she checks the progress of her clothing line and she discusses her designs and vision to the seamstress  I had the opportunity to see a sneak peek of the fabrics she is using for her new collection presenting this Saturday in Fashion Week Panama. Aren't these fabrics so fresh and pretty?

Un día típico en la vida de Annie empieza caminando de su casa a un sastre que le queda a dos cuadras. Allí ella revisa el progreso de su nueva línea de ropa y también discute sus diseños y visión al sastre. Tuve la dichosa oportunidad de ver un adelanto de las telas que esta utilizando para su nueva colección presentándose este Sábado en Fashion Week Panamá. No les parece super fresh y lindas estas telas?!

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Annie also spends a big chunk of her time at her studio in Casco Viejo (one of the historic areas of Panama in case you don't know). I had the opportunity to go see her lovely workspace and I loved how it was filled with cheerful decorations featuring her iconic elephant symbol. The amount of colorful fabrics and fun accessories was overwhelming; but what I loved the most was the overall positive feeling that the room conveyed!

Annie también dedica una gran parte de su tiempo en su estudio en Casco Viejo (una de las zonas históricas de Panamá en caso de que no lo sepan). Tuve la oportunidad de ir a ver su hermoso espacio de trabajo y me encantó como estaba lleno de decoraciones alegres usando su símbolo emblemático del elefante. La cantidad de telas coloridas y accesorios divertidos fue increíble; pero lo que más me gustó fue el sentimiento positivo que tenía el cuarto!

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Another important aspect of Annie's life is that of promoting recycling  She has pioneered eco-friendly projects in many occasions trying her best to spread the word about the importance of taking care of our planet. In fact, she just recently designed a set of beautiful gift cards to be sold at different locals and the proceeds go into taking care of homeless and mistreated animals.

Otro aspecto importante de la vida de Annie es la de promover el reciclaje. Ella ha sido pionera en varias ocasiones de proyectos eco-friendly que intentan difundir la importancia de cuidar nuestro planeta. De hecho, Annie recientemente diseñó un conjunto de hermosas tarjetas de regalo que se venden en diferentes locales y los ingresos irán al cuidado de animales abandonados y maltratados.

Annie Chajin Panama

Apart from her amazing job as a designer and as a spokesperson for ecofriendly projects, Annie is also well know for being the creator of the famous "La Ruta del Casco". This project, which started in 2012, consists of an organised bar hopping event where you purchase a "passport" for the night and get special discounts and promotions at bars in Casco Viejo. With time this has become a well-known event that has helped promote Panama's touristic nightlife.

Aparte de su impresionante trabajo como diseñadora y como portavoz de proyectos sobre el cuidado del medio ambiente, Annie es también muy conocida por ser la creadora de la famosa "Ruta del Casco". Este proyecto, iniciado en 2012, consiste en un evento de bar-hopping organizado en el que uno compra un "pasaporte" para la noche y recibe descuentos y promociones especiales en los bares del Casco Viejo. Con el tiempo se ha convertido en un evento muy reconocido que ha ayudado a promover el turismo y la vida nocturna de Panamá.

Ruta del Casco

After a day of designing beautiful pieces, successfully spreading the word about being eco-friendly, and continuously promoting Panama's touristic nightlife, Annie is received at home by her adorable yorkie called Pookie. Isn't she a cutie?!

Después de un día diseñando hermosas piezas, promoviendo exitosamente el cuidado del medio ambiente, e impulsando la vida nocturna de Panamá, Annie es recibida en su casa por su adorable yorkie llamada Pookie. Está demasiado cute cierto?!

Pookie the Yorkie

I hope you all enjoyed this glimpse into Annie Chajin's life, and make sure to see her new upcoming collection at Fashion Week Panama tomorrow Saturday October 12th!

Espero que hayan disfrutado de este vistazo en la vida de Annie Chajin, y asegúrense de ver su nueva colección en Fashion Week Panamá mañana Sábado 12 de Octubre! 

Annie Chajin Panama



  1. She sounds like such a lovely lady, doing so much to help others!

    I like all of the bright prints in her collection too :)

    Away From The Blue

  2. so fine collection!

  3. I'm in love with her colors & patterns! Very vivid and beautiful to look at :) Thanks for this feature, Marie - it was so fun to read!

  4. Her daily life seems really fun and interesting to me! I'd love to be able to design clothing!! Those designs and pieces are all so beautiful! :) X



  5. wow!! How amazing!!

  6. I have been trying to get one of her skirts and have not been able to find where she sells them as I dont know where Chic to Chic is now.

  7. Hi Lorena!!! Annie Chajin is coincidently my neighbor, can you believe it?!?! Why don't you try contacting her through her facebook page, I'm pretty sure she can custom make you the skirt!

  8. Thank you! It definitely was an amazing experience!

  9. Gracias Joaquin!!! Yo quede encantada con sus diseños, los quiero TODOS!

  10. Thank you Nickkie, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I would love to design clothing and accessories as well, what a dream come true that would be!

  11. Thank you so so much for taking the time to read it Caroline! I'm so glad you enjoyed this feature, especially since I really admire her use of colors and patterns. Yippie!

  12. I sure did Heidi!! I felt so honored to get to follow her and tag along to see her life. It was an incredible learning experience.

  13. Thank you so much Mica!! I was amazed at everything she does too, what a full life don't you think?!

  14. The Fashionable ESQOctober 22, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    wow, such gorgeous textiles, colors and patterns! I haven't heard of this designer before but everything looks amazing!

    - The Fashionable ESQ (Esquire)

  15. Hi Foni!! I can't believe I didn't see your comment until now, how embarrasing!!! So sorry for the late reply. You can find her on Facebook under "Chajin Designs" and there you can find all of her info :)


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