Born and raised in Germany, designer Ariane Dutzi spent nearly 16 years working as a foreign correspondent covering fashion, art, and design in Paris and and New York. Pursuing a need for change and relief from the pace of New York life, Dutzi moved to to Tulum, Mexico in 2003 and what was originally intended to be a three-month sabbatical turned into a long term love affair with the Mexican mistress: the Yucatán. Once she settled in Valladolid, Mexico in 2008, she was inspired by the idea to combine local craftsmanship with modern design and founded her brand, Dutzi Design. In 2009, she founded her own women's workshop to provide high quality pieces and give back to the local community and within a year, she had her first show in an art gallery in New York, as well as publications in Marie Claire, Vogue, and Vogue Italy. In 2015, Donna Karan invited her to do trunk-shows in her Sag Harbor location “Urban Zen” and in 2016, Yohji Yamamoto offered her a collaboration, Dutzi by Y., where she created six models exclusively for the Japanese designer. Now, Dutzi employs 23 women and their families. Her bags are published in the best fashion magazines and sold all over world.