Carla Fernández, Mexico
Carla Fernández is a fashion house based in Mexico City dedicated to preserving and revitalizing the textile legacy of indigenous and mestizo communities of Mexico. The brand’s work with manual methods proves that ethical fashion can be avant-garde, innovative and progressive. An agent for change bringing new meaning to luxury fashion, the brand is contributing to sustaining ancient indigenous techniques and the people who are the keepers of that heritage.
In 2013, Carla was one of 11 global recipients of the prestigious Amsterdam-based Prince Claus Awards, which recognizes artists whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their communities. She had solo exhibitions at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA; the Jumex Museum in Mexico City; Heath Ceramics in San Francisco, CA; the O.P.E.N. Festival in Singapore; and group exhibitions at the MAD Museum, New York; Iturbide Palace; and the Amparo Museum in Mexico City. The company earned a B Corp certificate, and their collections have graced the pages of Elle, Vogue, i-D, * wallpaper and The New York Times magazine, among others.
Carla Fernández is the recipient of the LAD | Latin American Design Week's first annual Designer of the Year Award, which will be presented to her at the LAD | Opening Party & Design Awards on October 14th, from 5-9 pm. She will also be a featured speaker of the LAD | Design Talk: "Fashion as Resistance: A Conversation with Carla Fernandez" to be held at the Private Lounge of The Morrow Hotel on Thursday, October 12th, from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Carla's most iconic fashion pieces will be available for purchase at the LAD | Opening Party & Design Awards on October 14th from 5-9 pm and at the LAD | Latin American Design Show on October 15th from 11 am-7 pm.