Carla Fernández is the creative director and founder of the Carla Fernández fashion house based in Mexico City. This fashion house is dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the textile legacy of indigenous and mestizo communities of Mexico. The brand’s vision in regards to manual methods proves that ethical fashion can be innovative, avant-garde and progressive.
An agency of change and innovation, bringing new meaning to luxury fashion, the Carla Fernández team travels the throughout Mexico visiting communities of artisans who specialize in handmade textiles and centuries-old indigenous techniques. The approach of the brand to these communities is contributing to sustaining ancient indigenous techniques and the people who collaborate with it.
Carla Fernández works in creative and productive collaboration with artisans in each project; techniques such as embroidery or manual weaving are an integral part of the design and production of new pieces and collections. In 2013, Carla was one of 11 globally awarded Amsterdam-based Prince Clause Awards, which recognizes artists whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their communities. The brand has also had solo exhibitions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA / Jumex Museum in Mexico City / Heath Ceramics in San Francisco, CA / SIFA The O.P.E.N. Festival in Singapore; and group exhibitions at the MAD Museum, New York; Iturbide Palace and Amparo Museum in Mexico City, among others. In addition, the company is a B Corp, a certification that guarantees that best practices are implemented in all areas of the company.
The brand has been featured in publications such as Elle, Vogue, i-D, * wallpaper, T The New York Times magazine, among others.
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