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"Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality."


"Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality." - Malala Yousafzai

One of my absolute favorite things about designing is seeing the collection come to life. For months and months, I only have sketches, swatches and mental images of what the dresses are supposed to look like. When I get to see the garments for the very first time, on a model at our photoshoots, I get the same rush a child gets on Christmas morning. Seeing the model strut out of the dressing room in one of my creations, her aura transformed by the dress, is one of the many reasons I love what I do.  

Yesterday we shot the fall 2021 collection in a photo studio in Williamsburg and this joy was not something only felt by me, but by the entire Mestiza team. It was the first time we got to work together in person since the start of the pandemic, and there couldn’t be a more perfect way to kick everything off then seeing it all come to life.  It was wonderful, how normal everything felt, and how ready and motivated we all were to work. For the past year, we have all been tethered to our respective homes, allowed to only interact with each other through zoom, and staring each other’s faces on a computer screen.  This is why our shoot yesterday meant so much more. Because while grueling, it was fun, and it ultimately made us all feel hopeful for a more normal connected future.


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