The MNY Spotlight

Meet Caroline Barton, Founder of Modatrova

Caroline Barton is the visionary founder behind Modatrova, a pioneering online platform that serves as a premier destination for emerging designers. With a  passion for discovering quality products and cultivating connection, Caroline established Modatrova to provide a curated space where talented up-and-coming designers can showcase their creations and connect with a like-minded audience of fashion enthusiasts.

Introduce yourself! 

Hi! I’m Caroline Barton, founder of Modatrova – an online destination for emerging designers.

Caroline wears the Valeria Mini Dress from Mestiza and the Love Full Heart Pendant from Jane Win - both available to shop on

Your company, Modatrova, sells a curation of styles from emerging designers. What inspired you to launch Modatrova and why is an emphasis on emerging designers important to you?
Modatrova (which translates to fashion finds in Italian) stemmed from a love of fashion and travel — I saw an opportunity to merge the two and create a platform based on exploring and discovering new and emerging brands. That feeling of discovery and connection is what I love the most about working with emerging designers.

What do you look for when choosing designers to feature on Modatrova?      We look for designers with an elevated aesthetic, quality product, compelling story, and who aren’t widely distributed.

What is the most exciting and challenging part of owning your own business? Most exciting – forming close relationships with our designers and making an impact on their growth. Most challenging – keeping up with all of the moving parts of a multi-brand marketplace.

You host the annual Modatrova Fashion Soiree in the Hamptons alongside Lisa Frohlich – what is your favorite part of hosting this event?
The feeling of community when our designers and tastemakers come together in person leaves me feeling so fulfilled. It’s been so rewarding to work with Lisa and take our event to new heights year over year.

Check out a recap of the event here and follow Modatrova on Instagram @modatrova

Which style trend are you most looking forward to for the Fall?

Layering and accessorizing elevated staples – such as my favorite turtlenecks from Fallon & Ava – for an easy, chic look.

Are there any special projects you are currently working on?

Yes, most projects we are working on right now tie back to improving our website user experience. We always share special updates with our email subscribers first, so you can sign up here to be the first to know :)

What draws you to the Mestiza brand?

The quality and fit of Mestiza’s dresses is unmatched, and I love the team behind the brand.

How does your Mestiza piece make you feel?
I feel feminine and confident wearing my Mestiza dress.

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