Daily Gems & other musings — designer spotlight

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Ana María Guiulfo

Posted by Robyn Burnaford on

A true design and social inspiration, Ana María Guiulfo is not only the founder and creative director of her eponymous clothing line, but has also created "Aprendemos Jundos," an organization that works to "improve the education access for disadvantaged children who don't have {the} chance to learn in good condition."  Connection to community is something we've always admired and worked to achieve in our own business, from our own sales and product donations to local and national non profits for causes just like this one. We discovered Ana María's collections when creating our series of Diversity in Design Style Boards, and...

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Claudia Li

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We discovered Claudia Li's stunning work when putting together the Diversity in Design Series of our Style Board inspiration, and we were immediately drawn to her prints and textiles.  After learning about the handmade element to her collections {something we deeply value in every viv&ingrid collection we design}, we were immediately obsessed! Featured as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in the Art & Style category, Claudia launched her line in 2015.  She was "born in China and raised in New Zealand and Singapore, she studied in London and worked in London designing for J.W. Anderson, before coming to New York and earning a...

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DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: Aliya Wanek

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We recently discovered Aliya Wanek's women's and childrenswear line while searching for local, San Francisco Bay Area sustainable designers, and it's safe to say we were instantly obsessed!  Launched in 2016, Aliya continues to work with Bay Area contractors to make her environmentally friendly garments (when not making them herself!), both things very near and dear to our own hearts.  After scouring her website and adding *many* pieces to our cart, our current favorites include her organic hemp and cotton dresses, minimal, jewel-toned drop crotch pants and comfy-cool loungewear.  We're dreaming of wearing these in the transition from summer to fall, and all season...

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