I learned to sew from my grandmother Consuelo, an old singer always by her side encased in a beautiful wood cabinet with little drawers full of all kinds of interesting trinkets. Her legs pedaling and the sound of the needle always present in my memory of time spent with her.
Last time I worked with fabric was in 1999, one of my best friend’s entrusted me with her
wedding dress which turned out to be a beautiful collaboration of intention,craftsmanship and whimsy.
Last year I was presented by a dear friend of mine with a beautiful Kimono, an heirloom piece from her prominent japanese family. Black silk with the beautiful family crest embroidered in the back , even the paper where it was folded and stored was hand painted
With a forest motif. That got me thinking about pieces that can withstand the passing of time, serve as mementos of heartfelt times and are not related to fashion and trends.
It was winter already and I had a conversation with a friend of mine about capes and how timeless,utilitarian and diverse they can be, granted I set out to make one for her.
As luck would have it I broke my knee right after I started which meant that I had to stay still for 5 weeks which resulted in this collection.
The criteria I established was that I had to be mindful, drape and utilize the least amount of stitching, hence most of the collection utilizes quite a large amount of wool,
Which to my process made the cut and draping more interesting and utilizing the least amount of stitching insures the longevity of the piece.
The first Cape, Valeria started as a circle, not having yet too much fabric at my disposal most of the original toiles were made at scale on a couple of old wooden japanese dolls , which besides transporting my imagination to a distant past also allowed me to travel to
Switzerland for a trip I had planned before my injury.
There with the alps and the fireplace as my daily companions, I dressed my two dolls with
different shapes, all the draping and cutting done directly on them.
it has being a wonderful journey so far and one that I have accomplished honoring the
present I received, the request of my dear friend and the gratitude of all that still time that life served me. It is with that same gratitude and joy that I present the Cercle by Black Limited Edition F/W 2014 collection.
What is the name of the line? cercle, as the story continues to evolve and come full circle.
New York City February 3, 2014