5 things you can’t miss at Colombiamoda 2019

Colombia Fashion Week – or Colombiamoda—begins next week (July 23-25) in Medellin with a much-awaited inaugural runway show by fashion giant Johanna Ortiz at the Palacio de la Cultura. This year’s Colombiamoda aims to grant greater importance to the end consumer, presenting more than 20 runway shows and a commercial exhibition featuring nearly 570 exhibiting brands, plus new initiatives like the Concept Market and Colombiamoda Digital that seek to connect the digital world with the physical, for the first time allowing for the purchase of finished products at the fair.

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Fauna: design for a good cause

Mexican designer José Bermúdez and Juan Carlos Franco of Colombian studio Vrokka created Fauna, an artisanal collection that aims to spread awareness about the current risks to Latin America’s biodiversity. By abstracting the essential form of three endangered species from Mexico, Colombia and other parts of Latin America, Fauna acts as a tribute to the region’s extinct and at-risk animals.

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Leo, the first Colombian restaurant on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list

The new list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019, sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna, has been announced, and for the firs time ever, a Colombian restaurant has been included. Since opening her flagship restaurant, Leo, chef Leonor Espinosa has had a great influence on Colombian cuisine and in 2017 she won the title of Latin America’s Best Female Chef. A pioneer in the local movement to promote Colombian cuisine by showcasing its rarest and most unknown ingredients, Leo is the female equivalent of Peru’s Gaston Acurio.

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The change around the corner

Since April, we’ve been featuring a series of monthly posts on topics related to design trends, branding, and Latin American identity, contributed by Medellín-based design and strategy studio ImasD. The studio’s third contribution comes from Manuela Abreu, Research & Project Manager at ImasD. Designer by profession and researcher by passion, Manuela conducts research and analysis focused on human behavior. In her work, she has led user-centered design processes and given both local and international talks and workshops. grupoimasd.com

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How this new brand is introducing Canadians to Latin American fashion

In November of 2019, Elana Hazghia launched Sania: Canada’s first curated collection of contemporary, conscious fashion from Latin America. Why do this? Because it didn’t exist. Elana wanted to expose Canadians to a rarely-seen side of Latin America that she’s come to personally know and love, shattering stereotypes of what it means to create well-made, ethical fashion from Latin America.

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Highlights of New York Design Week Part 1: ICFF & Wanted Design

New York Design Week— or month is more like it— felt different this year. To start with, Collective Design and Sight Unseen Offsite were on hiatus, while the week’s biggest fairs felt slightly quieter than previous years. But there was still plenty of talent to discover as we ambled down the aisles of the expansive ICFF and the smaller but equally major Wanted Design Manhattan and Brooklyn editions. Keep scrolling and you’ll find our 20 highlights from New York’s two big shows, and stay tuned for our round-up of the month’s independent shows.

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Milan Design Week Highlights: Part 2

Milan Design Week is over and done with. We’ve all digested the awe-inspiring spaces, appreciated the contrast of a 16th-century castle with a day-old 3D-printed installation, and taken in the colors, textures and forms. As you probably know, we sent nonstop Instagram updates, sharing hundreds of live photos which you can still check out in our Instagram highlights! To follow, here’s our first bit of coverage from the fair, so scroll down for some of the best.

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Milan Design Week Highlights: Part 1

Milan Design Week is over and done with. We’ve all digested the awe-inspiring spaces, appreciated the contrast of a 16th-century castle with a day-old 3D-printed installation, and taken in the colors, textures and forms. As you probably know, we sent nonstop Instagram updates, sharing hundreds of live photos which you can still check out in our Instagram highlights! To follow, here’s our first bit of coverage from the fair, so scroll down for some of the best.

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A sense of glocality

ImasD is a design and strategy studio based in Medellin, Colombia, which is recognized for its work with brands that adapt to change. Today marks the start of a new collaboration between kriteria and the Colombian design studio, with imasD contributing a series of posts on topics related to design trends, branding, and Latin American identity.

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Here’s Agnes: the studio that revised Mesoamerican design history

Guatemala City-based Studio Agnes has created a revisionist history for Central America, developing a design collection that reflects what might have transpired without the interference of European colonization. Their latest collection, ‘Living-Stone’ offers an alternative outcome to their region’s history, envisioning design in a post-human utopia.

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Our top 12 picks from the Latin American Design Awards

The LAD Awards strive to be a symbol of the highest creative achievement and a hallmark of distinction, so being a winner at LAD Awards is a great platform for Latin American designers to get the word out to brands, agencies and studios around the world, that there is indeed talent in the region. Keep reading for 12 of the most beautiful and creative ideas that caught our eye at the 2019 edition in Lima, Peru.

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The new 902: all about this warehouse-chic opening in Medellin

Concept stores, disruptive formats, retail experiences: with the world growing evermore digital, brick and mortar stores have been forced to create experiences with a bit of added value. Luckily, Medellin concept store owner Claudia Correa has always been a bit averse to the traditional. Her design store, 902 Showroom, was founded ten years ago on the idea that people appreciate a little extra, and an alternative to the same old malls shop goes a long way.

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Experience an indoor-outdoor moment at Bogota’s latest bakery spot, Masa

Bogota’s newest and slickest bakery setting is courtesy of soup-and-sandwich emporium Masa, with its brand new spot in the city’s traditionally residential neighborhood of Usaquén. The new Masa, a Bogotá establishment aptly named after the Spanish word meaning dough, opened its doors in September with an airy, 7500-square-foot open-plan restaurant featuring a café, a bakery, a dining room, a retail space, and a patio.

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Blurring the line between art and design: MASA Gallery

Mexico City-based MASA gallery walks the blurry line between art and design. Launched in February by Hector Esrawe, curator Agé Salajõe, OMR gallery co-founder Cristobal Riestra, and designer Brian Thoreen, the nomadic design, art and architecture gallery features 15 of the city’s top artists and designers, and aims to challenge convention to present Mexico’s contemporary design scene on a global platform, and in unexpected, evolving settings throughout the capital.

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