Naja is a product of our passions and beliefs: a love for beautifully designed things, a bit of rebelliousness, and a deep desire to make the world a better place.
Meet Our Founders
Our co-founders, Catalina Girald, CEO of Naja, and Golden Globe winning Actress, Gina Rodriguez met while being filmed for Procter & Gamble’s Orgullosa Series, “Nine Up and Coming Nueva Latinas”. They quickly connected over their passion for women's empowerment, body acceptance, and giving opportunities to underprivileged women.
Sharing the same commitment to supporting all women on their journeys, Catalina and Gina have come together to offer high quality, fashion-focused, environmentally friendly lingerie for this generation’s women.
Catalina Girald, CEO & Creative Director
Catalina is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Naja. She started Naja with the goal of empowering women through lingerie — from the wearer to the garment worker. Catalina is also the founder of Underwear for Hope, a program that trains and employs at-risk single mothers to sew. Prior to Naja, Catalina travelled the world for 18 months living with nomads in Mongolia. Before becoming an “entrepreneur” she was an attorney in the Mergers & Acquisitions group at Skadden, Arps in New York City. She is a Term Member at The Council of Foreign Relations. Catalina has an MBA from Stanford University and a JD from Boston College. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles, California.
Golden Globe winner for Best Actress in a Comedy Series for “Jane The Virgin”, Gina Rodriguez’s profile has been rising steadily since her breakout performance as the titular character in FILLY BROWN at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 for which she won an Imagen award for “Best Actress in a Feature Film”. In addition to “Jane”, Gina began shooting “Deepwater Horizon” opposite Mark Wahlberg. The film details the 2010 explosion on the BP rig that resulted in the biggest oil spill in U.S. history. The explosion of Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 men working on the platform and injured 17 others. Gina is a grand supporter of the Latino community and is actively involved with the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, NCLR, CHCI, NALIP and Votolatino. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
Naja is changing the way women shop for lingerie as well as changing the industry as a whole through the company’s dedication to changing women’s lives.
We want to disrupt the way lingerie is marketed toward women by creating a brand that seeks to empower women instead of objectifying them. We did away with fake wind blowing into models’ hair and poses singularly aimed at the male gaze in order to connect with the smart, courageous, and sexy women of today.
Naja’s garment factory primarily employs single mothers or female heads of households where they are paid above market wages with healthcare benefits. We chose to aid single mothers, because many have to choose between working and caring for their children. At Naja, we’ve implemented flexible work policies that make it easier for women to balance work and childcare. Every child of a Naja garment worker receives books, school supplies, uniforms and all school meals paid by Naja.
Underwear For Hope
Through our Underwear for Hope program, Naja employs women in the slums of Colombia to make lingerie bags that are offered with each Naja purchase. This program allows marginalized women, who would otherwise have difficulty finding employment opportunities, to work from home and become their own “micro-entrepreneurs”. Two percent of Naja’s revenue is also donated to local charities that provide continuing education to these women. With each purchase of Naja, you can feel good knowing that you are contributing in bettering a woman’s life.
Learn more about our Underwear For Hope program.
Naja’s on trend designs stand out in a market where everything looks the same. Our products are characterized by meticulous attention to detail and feature design elements previously reserved almost exclusively for luxury lingerie.
We know you appreciate the finer things. From our breathable memory foam cups, hand-harvested Peruvian cotton, and stylish and unexpected interior prints — we take pride in our artistry.
We believe in caring for our environment and in the preservation of a clean ecosystem for all of its living beings. As a result, we make every effort to reduce our environmental footprint. We use digital and sublimation printing technologies to print our garments because they are the most environmentally friendly processes for creating printed fabric. Billions of gallons of water are used each year to dye fabric for the garment industry. With digital printing, our water waste is next to none. We strive to include fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles in each of our collections and we are constantly in search of new fabrics and technologies that are good for the earth and good for you.