Colombiamoda, the official fashion week of Colombia and the second-largest fashion week in South America (after
for sale for $295 at J. Crew.) Ortiz used her own photographs of mochilas, enlarged and edited, as the basis for a textile design that she had digitally printed on bolts of silk charmeuse at a Bogotá textile mill. The resulting dresses are softly sexy, and incorporate traditional design elements in a thoroughly modern way. No doubt that's why the brand, which is working on developing international e-commerce, was invited to be part of Vogue's emerging designer showcase at the Colombiamoda trade show.
32-year-old Karen Daccarett Daes and 33-year-old Francisco Leal Holguin started their label,
, trained as an industrial designer in Argentina before returning to her native Colombia. She has a boutique in Bogotá where her handmade shoes retail for around $225-$300. Manufacturing is done entirely in Colombia.
"The shoes are my obsession," says Saavedra. "I use only the best materials. I have Argentinian leathers, Colombian leathers, and Italian leathers."
Her love of bright colors and exaggerated shapes sometimes, she feels, confounds her Bogotá customer base. "There, people don't like to wear lots of colors," she says. "I get comments like, 'This is great but I'd love it in black or brown.' But this is my signature."
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