MEET THE DESIGNERS
We have selected designers coming from all over Latin America, with innovative and original designs that respond to the global fashion market, and who are committed to preserving the centuries of craftsmanship and artisanal techniques that make them so unique. Andesina values working with designers who are conscious of their surroundings, who are dedicated to a timeless vision. Each brand place integrity on their manufacturing; their products are handmade, utilizing production processes that empower and preserve the communities and traditional techniques that reflect Latin American’s history.
Alejandra De Coss
Alejandra De Coss - Alejandra De Coss is a contemporary designer brand based in the heart of Mexico City; their designs stem from a search to create a new definition of luxury, a search that includes applying artisanal techniques as well as new technologies, paying particular attention to the details. They work with independent traditional jewellers, with no mass production and a socially responsible set up; they know everyone involved in their production chain. Alejandra De Coss likes to tell a story in each product, making pieces that start a conversation. They believe that when a product has its DNA well defined, it resonates from the moment you see it.
Aysha Bilgrami - Aysha Bilgrami's jewelry are the expression of origin in a contemporary tale; the fusion of cultural symbols that speak about connection and divergence between traditions. They are assertions of collective and individual identities; means, for those who wear them, to voice who they are. They are bearers of totems from early tribes and celebrations of earthly textures; they are the result of a process that upholds, in every stage, our values of sustainability, teamwork, respect, quality and truthfulness. Aysha Bilgrami believes in giving a second life to materials: they do not make jewels out of traditionally mined silver, but of the equally pure silver extracted from X-rays by means of chemical and enzymatic processes. Born to a Colombian mother and a Pakistani father, Aysha incarnates the joyful encounter between these two very rich, yet very different cultures, and this mix is the reason to fuse cultural tales behind her jewels.
Binge Knitting - Binge Knitting collaborates with female artisans in Mexico, the native country of the two founders: Carolina Herrera and Barbara Bremer, where they are now based. Their product line includes unique handbags made from upcycled materials. What started out of a mid-town New York apartment has now grown into an evolving community of makers with the power to make a positive change. Binge Knitting is fueled by a passion for knitting and crochet. This is where the name stems from - from not being able to put down their needles or hook until a project takes shape. Binge Knitting exists to create beautiful products and support women through craft in Monterrey, Mexico.
Giuliana Testino - Giuliana Testino is an authentic and timeless brand with the philosophy of slow-fashion and seeks to create high quality sustainable products. Each garment from its conception to its materialization seeks: to preserve and disseminate ancestral techniques of Peruvian fabric, transmitted from generation to generation, promote the value and use of Peruvian fibers (baby alpaca) and maintain the focus of attention in the detail, through the valuation of the workmanship of the Peruvian artisans and the manual combination of different natural textile fibers to prepare unique colors and textures.
Ila Ceramica - Ila Ceramica emerged from a process of inner inquiry where ceramics became a space for presence, silence, touch and patience. What began as a silent personal journey, has turned into a place where poetry, nature and corporeal silhouettes meet as constant themes in Ila´s creative process. The conversations between the potter wheel and manual construction derive into utilitarian yet sculptural pieces. Ila Ceramica is a small studio with 100& handcrafted creative processes; glaze and clay research is slow and thorough, and no casts are used. Although pieces can be made based upon designs, each piece has its own personality.
Juan De Dios
Juan De Dios - This swimwear brand is inspired by the magical Colombian Pacific landscape, a place where the jungle meets the ocean and transports us to an earthly paradise. Juan De Dios is actually a virgin beach with golden sand in the Pacific bay of Malaga. Juan De Dios creates bathing suits that highlight women’s effortless beauty and femininity, allowing them to enchant the world with their inner light and unique chic style.
Mola Sasa - This Colombian brand creates unique handcrafted pieces that inject the perfect amount of freshness and sophistication to the wardrobe of the contemporary woman. Mola Sasa is synonymous of an effortlessly chic individuality that speaks for itself. Seeking to close the gap between the origins and the present moment, Mola Sasa collaborates directly with various indigenous communities of Latin America to translate their traditional art forms and crafts into unparalleled accessory collections.
Pajara Pinta - Pájara Pinta was born in 2014. It was created by designers Isabella Domínguez and María Paula Vargas while they were still at design school, where they met. Being aware of the importance nature had in their lives—and how much it called them to be true to themselves—they decided to create a brand that exalted nature’s power and reminded them where they belonged—to a country full of treasures hidden in unexplored wilderness. “We want our products to offer a way to reconnect with the beauty of nature—and to encourage an attitude of valuing and preserving it,” say the brand’s creators.
PaolaQ - The exquisite jewelry of this Barcelona-based Colombian designer is a result of her admiration for ancient jewelry making techniques. True to her own roots, Paola Quintana prints in her designs the taste and colors of Colombia, elaborating each piece by hand. She merges creativity and design to create timeless treasure.
Recreo San Miguel
Recreo San Miguel - Weaving history and modernity, simplicity and elegance, Recreo San Miguel was originally inspired by the timeless versatility and roomy lines of the the iconic Latin American serape. Since then, the brand's range of styles has grown, while staying true to the spirit that inspired Recreo’s founders in those early days. Each garment is thoughtfully designed in New York City and handmade by skilled artisans in San Miguel, Mexico. The brand practices responsible production, from concept to creation.
Sensi Studio - Created in 2010 by Stephany Sensi, this brand started as a design studio and product development lab. The collections include: Panama hats, bags and accessories; which are 100% handmade. All products are handmade in Ecuador with a current and aesthetic approach. Sensi Studio works in a close environment of social responsibility with their craftsmen, combining efforts on both sides to create a fine and creative product. As experts in the creative process and with a large chain of artisans, they offer a wide range of products, and a fresh, young and high quality collection every season. Sensi Studio offers new styles and variations of the Panama Hats and handwoven handbags for the fashion savy clientele.
Soraya Hennessy - Soraya Hennessy is a lifestyle and accessories brand that shares the beautiful and sophisticated designs of the Wayuu artisan women of Venezuela & Colombia. Finding inspiration from their travels, the mother-daughter duo: Soraya Pena Hennessy and Soraya Salas are the women behind the brand. Together, they offer a modern twist to the traditional handmade Wayuu designs.
Verdelimon - Flirty, fun, and adventure-friendly, VerdeLimon offers sophisticated swimwear for contemporary women. Designed in Colombia using sustainable sourcing and ethical production, VerdeLimon’s tribute to women is reflected in the aura of the brand’s designs. Inspiration is drawn from flora, fauna, animals, and landscapes of the world, resulting in perfectly whimsical and cheeky swimwear. VerdeLimon’s swimwear embraces femininity and inspires romantic dreams for your next getaway.
Waimari - A high-end line of destination-wear for fashion conscious travelers that offers the perfect wardrobe to vacation. Waimari started in 2015 and their pieces are fully handmade in Colombia. The brand has redefined beach chic with laid back pieces that allow travelers to go from beach to bar. Waimari seeks to empower not only the women that wear their pieces, but also the women that create them.