Frakophiles’ Favorite Brands: Mestiza

Posted November 13, 2015 by Nora Handsher

Our calendars are starting to book up with holiday parties, which brings up one of the life-long great debates: what to wear. We just discovered a newly-launched line of ornate cocktail attire inspired by exotic locales that is exactly what we need to update our wardrobe. Meet Mestiza. Their elegant, statement-making pieces have just the right amount of sizzle and sparkle for the season, but the versatility to wear year-round (always justifying that purchase with wedding season). The brand was launched by two girlfriends – Louisa Rechter and Alessandra Perez-Rubio – who share a background in fashion, along with a connection to the Philippines. Alessandra was bi-culutrally raised in Manila and San Francisco, while Louisa’s mother grew up in Cebu. As the women explain, “‘Mestiza’ is a term traditionally used in the Philippines, Spain, and Latin America to describe a person of mixed ancestry.” Louisa and Alessandra’s aesthetic is a homage to the modern Filipiniana,  merging Philippino ancestry with a contemporary sensibility. The result is stunning. On top of that, a percent of their sales are allocated to employ women weaving textiles. They incorporate these handmade textiles into limited edition designs.

Inspired? Come shop the line in our store next week on Wednesday and Thursday during our normal store hours (10 AM – 7 PM), plus meet the designers at a cocktail reception Wednesday evening 5 – 8 PM. Cheers!

We’re going gaga for this sculptural silhouette.

Just want to dance in this tassel number!

This white embroidery on a black background may inspire our next piece.

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