“Made in Mexico” is usually associated with mass produced goods, and yet many Mexican designers are changing that by creating beautiful, one of a kind pieces that are made ethically and sustainably. By incorporating their heritage of craft and well made goods, these designers are looking at sustainable design with a fresh perspective.
Since her childhood, carla fernandez has been a fan of Mexican culture. Her father is a historian who travelled to indigenous communities, while her mother visited international fashion centers. Carla discovered the wealth and potential of Mexican textile and design. Her background in art history and fashion design allowed her to study the indigenous dress from an anthropological angle.
The clothing reflects the sophisticated system of indigenous clothing based on the use of the woven squares and rectangles, and works to create contemporary garments that give a new dimension to the body and break the stereotypes and perceptions of Mexico. The reinterpretation of this complex system and her working directly with artisans is the hallmark of the brand, for which tradition is not static fashion.
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Daniela Bustos Maya is a well-known designer of handcrafted jewelry like necklaces, bracelets, and earrings inspired by the beautiful beaches of the Yucatan.
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Mariana Acosta was born in Xalapa, Veracruz, México. She received her Bachelor´s degree in Graphic Design in 2002. After several years of working as a freelance graphic designer for different companies and institutions in her Mexico, she moved to the U.S. to pursue her Master of Fine Art in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2009.
Mariana has been an Academic at Universidad Gestalt de Diseño in her hometown in México since 2011. She teaches contemporary jewelry classes, specializing in subjects such as sustainability, where students have the opportunity to transform an ordinary material commonly regarded as waste into an extraordinary work of art.
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Ana Karen Cervantes and Claudia Martínez for Malaquita
Malaquita is the result of an extensive and vast collaboration with different Mexican indigenous communities and young Mexican designers and artists with the purpose of preserving artisanal techniques. The idea arises from a desire to boost Mexican design and withe intention of becoming an international platform for sustainable and fair trade-based design in Mexico.
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Mexican designer Carmen Rion has been recognized with the Sustainable Luxury award from the IE Business School, specializing in textiles, in the category of ‘Latin American sustainable luxury’.
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