interview / Valeria Luzio
We fell in love with Valeria's earthy sense of fashion so we decided to pick her brain about sustainable fashion and much more.
Where are you from?
How long have you been in Miami?
Two and a half years. Before I was living in the Middle East.
Has living there had any influence on your sense of fashion?
I would say so. I loved the elegance that characterize the Qatari woman. They have an exquisite fashion sense and love for jewelry, handbags and shoes. I got to know a lot of the local designers that till now I keep in touch with.
What are some of your current fashion obsessions?
The come back of the neon colors.
What's the most outrageous piece of fashion advice you've ever received?
"Darling fashion is not about being comfortable, it is about being bold and expressing who you want to be. For that, you better take off those sneakers, put on your stilettos and conquer the world.”
You're stranded on a desert island and can only bring five things from your closet - what do you grab?
My Agua Bendita beaded swimsuit, a bohemian flowy dress, my hat, a pair of sneakers and denim shorts.
In general, more and more clothing companies are transforming their business models to provide sustainable fashion. Would you agree or disagree that Miami is growing towards that direction?
I think lately in Miami we have been hearing a lot the term Sustainable. People are definitely getting more intrigue in how they can get involved into respecting our planet and becoming aware of what happens behind the production and manufacturing of the clothes we are wearing. All though there is awareness, currently we are still behind into really supporting sustainable fashion. However, I feel that in the past year I heard more about designers and brand supporting different communities or using materials that do not harm our environment. It is on us to make sustainability our priority and support these brands.
Are you familiar with any brands that support sustainable fashion?
There are many but I admire the concept behind Antidote.
To send us on our way, we heard that you have a line of pillows. Can you tell us more about how you got into this?
Yes the line is called RUWAJ which in Quechua (Bolivian native dialect) means to do with hands. It’s a small line that is made by elder artisans in Bolivia. Its made out of Alpaca and leather. However no animal is harmed for the production of the pillows. The idea started last year when in my mind was to start a line that would support local women back home that didn’t have an education to learn how to saw and be self sufficient. But I saw this small community of elder people that touched my heart and decided to start working with them right away till the moment I can create a clear vision and raise the capital to start my next company.
photography / Nicolás Hernández ; instagram / @nghtmrsndrms
Designer / Skemo; instagram / @skemo_
make-up / Samantha Salidias; instagram / @glam_by_sam_