Gabriela Hearst: Sustainability, Luxury and Craft


sustainability luxury craft “There is a purpose to every piece,” says former model Gabriela Hearst of her eponymous label which is inspired by the ranch she grew up on in Uruguay and her current life in New York City. The Uruguay born, New York based designer, who launched her namesake label in 2015, is winner of the 2016/2017 International Woolmark Prize and a 2017 CFDA Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent nominee. In just five seasons, she has made a name for herself “dressing the modern woman with old school values” via thoughtful luxury pieces. Her upbringing on a ranch in Uruguay inspired Hearst to create an minimalist collections made up of the finest fabrics: rich Italian and English double-faced cashmeres, soft leathers, and fluid silks (everything is handmade in Europe). The merino wool she uses for suiting and a shirtdress is made from sheep on her Uruguay farm. Call it farm-to-closet fashion.

click Gabriela Hearst is aimed at the active and powerful, modern female. Combining utilitarian with a feminine aesthetic, Gabriela compares her designs to armour or a uniform, each one serving a purpose. Constructed from the finest materials using traditional techniques.

cheapest Autodesk Simulation Mechanical 2012 The designer prides herself on being the sustainable luxury company. “I think the transparency of luxury is what is important. There’s not trickery, this is the price that it costs for us. These are the materials we’re using, these are the people making our clothing, and this is the margin we need to have in order to run a sustainable business where people can make money. There was never a price strategy, and I think from the beginning honest luxury is the best description I’ve heard of my brand, because that’s what we’re trying for.”


follow url My business has my name, so the things that are personal to me are reflected in my business.

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The brand partners  with 50-year-old women’s co-operative in Uruguay to produce yarn with wool from a ranch. Manos de Uruguay’s mission provides rural women with work without having to migrate to the cities, which is where the circles of poverty occur in third world countries. Today, they employ 600 craftswomen out of a population of 3.5 million.

Being socially-minded extends past production and fair wages for Hearst, too, as she has been a loud-spoken advocate for climate change (her knits and suiting are often made with deadstock fabrics, eliminating the carbon footprint of new materials) and women’s rights, even partnering with Planned Parenthood on a merino wool ram ovaries sweater.

Part of the company’s sustainability practices is using excess Loro Piana fabrics, overstock Swarovski stones and compostable packaging – Gabriela Hearst’s goal is that all  packaging will be Tipa, which can biodegrade in 24 weeks, versus plastic, which takes 500 years.

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