Vintage photographs of the Philippines in the 1960s have been the perennial touchstone behind every Mestiza collection. The brand leans into the glitz and glam of vintage wanderlust: late afternoon martinis lounging by the pool in resplendent gilded sheaths, painting a picture of a tropical Philippine paradise through a sunkissed lens. Mestiza means a woman of mixed ancestry, as the brand embraces and celebrates the co-founder's, Alessandra Perez-Rubio and Louisa Rechter's, shared Filipino-American heritage.
Under the creative direction of Alessandra, the collection offers opulent architectural silhouettes, bejeweled encrusted embellishments, iridescent ivory tassels, ornate laces and layers of hand woven silk cocoon from the Philippines. Each dress, even months or years after its worn is meant to evoke a fond memory of the fun evening spent dancing the night away, or the party you never wanted to end.
MESTIZA NEW YORK is now available at Neiman Marcus and on NeimanMarcus.com along with specialty boutiques across the country and internationally. The collection has also been spotted on the red carpet on chic fans including Chrissy Teigen, Ashley Graham, Kate Walsh, Madelaine Petsch, Maria Menounos, America Ferrera and Molly Sims.
Honoring their Filipiniana heritage, MESTIZA NEW YORK has partnered with the Habi Philippine Textile Council to support female textile weavers in the Philippines. Along with donating to the council annually, each season, Mestiza integrates Habi hand woven fabrics into the collection, selling the pieces exclusively mestizanewyork.com. The women of Habi come from all different regions to to weave in their traditional manner. Mestiza gives them limited creative direction and a flexible production schedule as they want the textiles to have cultural authenticity. Not only are the fabrications beautiful, each Mestiza x Habi piece helps to sustain the Philippine cotton farming industry, provide a steady paycheck and keep a centuries-old artisanal craft alive for everyone to admire.