Ms. Ortiz was one of many first to honor Mr. Barberi Gonzalez on social media over the weekend as information of his dying unfold on-line.
“Feeling the lack of an ideal distinctive profitable human being!” she wrote, alongside an image of Mr. Barberi Gonzalez sitting alone wanting debonair in khakis and smiling within the desert. “Thanks for the final calls Santi.”
A bespectacled, diminutive determine with immaculate private style, Mr. Barberi Gonzalez was revered by many within the vogue business, who adored his humorousness. Final yr, on a panel at The New York Times luxury conference at Versailles, he mentioned the distinction between producing baggage in Colombia and sneakers in Italy. “Nicely for one factor, I don’t personal Italy,” he stated.
Mr. Barberi Gonzalez additionally had a robust sense of duty to fostering social change inside his native nation. He was diligent about coaching and using native girls in order that, in his phrases at Versailles, “they might have careers, not simply jobs.” These aspects of his persona have been famous by associates and confidants, a lot of whom posted reminiscences and images on-line in latest days.
“He was a star,” Nina Garcia, the Colombian vogue journalist, wrote on Instagram. Ms. Garcia, the previous vogue director at Elle and Marie Claire magazines, posted an image of herself and Mr. Barberi Gonzalez at a celebration and added: #friendsarefamily, #foreverinourhearts and #starsliveon.
Carmen Busquets, the Venezuelan investor identified for holding stakes in vogue companies like Moda Operandi, FarFetch and Internet-a-Porter, wrote that her friend had been “humorous, fiercely clever (his apparent excessive IQ would blow you away) bigger than life, keen about design, and the guts of the @nancygonzalezofficial model.” She stated that she can be silent on social media for per week to concentrate on his loss.
And Marigay McKee, a advisor and the previous president of Saks Fifth Avenue, stated that the world “had misplaced a genius, a personality, a one-off this week.”
“You have been at all times there for me over twenty years of friendship,” Ms. McKee wrote on Instagram. “You gave me humor after I was unhappy and your coronary heart expanded after I wanted love. You advised me off after I wanted placing down and I thanks for this. Your love of artwork, your ardour for tradition and respect for magnificence have been beliefs you lived by and shared with others. Santi I’ll miss you on daily basis.”
Mr. Barberi Gonzalez, an avid artwork collector who break up his time between Paris and New York, oversaw his label’s worldwide gross sales, its retailer design and promoting campaigns. His mom ran the design studio for purses.
The model, admired by the likes of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Sarah Jessica Parker and Sofía Vergara, had discovered a faithful following because of its deft use of treasured skins and a vibrant coloration palette, together with an aesthetic rooted within the pure magnificence and wealthy tradition of Colombia.
Its totes and clutches, manufactured from lime-green crocodile, lavender python, orange ostrich and different brilliantly dyed unique skins, have been additionally favorites of the South American superrich, who might afford the purses’ eye-watering value tags.
Earlier than he died, Mr. Barberi Gonzalez had set new and impressive objectives for his household empire. Final June, he unveiled a variety of 25 shoe kinds comprised of unique skins, with plans to broaden the footwear choices this fall. He had additionally unexpectedly impressed the addition of a Santiago Gonzalez assortment for males. After retailer executives observed him carrying a couple of one-of-a-kind items he had designed for himself, they requested to position orders.
In addition to his mom, Mr. Barberi Gonzalez is survived by his sister, Cristina.