A Professional Gift Guide
We sat down with a few badass babes to chat about sustainability, ethical fashion, and what they are gifting the most important person on their list: themselves.
In her 20s: Caroline Hoffman, @tutucaro
Sales at Lehmann Maupin, co-chair of Friends Group at Foundation for Contemporary Arts, holder of an impeccable eye.
This Brown University graduate, who also completed a Masters in Art History at London's Courtauld Institute is a real Cienaga Babe because she simply gets it -- not to mention her impeccable taste informed by experience at top New York galleries like David Zwirner, Victoria Miro and Greene Naftali. We caught up with her during Basel in Miami Beach where she was manning an obsessively well-curated stand for Lehmann Maupin.
"I love Cienaga because sustainable fashion and ethical crafts are paramount to preserving cultural craftsmanship. I was recently discussing this with a hedge fund manager who invests in ethical fashion. She and I agreed that it is important to source well and sustain cultural diversity. Many fail to see the repercussions of hiring out cheap labor to try to reproduce artisanal fashion."
In her 30s: Sabina Covo, @sabinacovo
Political analyst and writer, TV Host, PR maven at @covoprlatino
After a career spanning 17 years in the media with organizations such as El Nuevo Herald and CNN Español, this mother of two is now the entrepreneur at the helm of COVO PR. Her crazy schedule has afforded her simplicity in fashion and a penchant for classic yet spicy accessories. She loves the versatility that artisanal accessories provide:
“I love the simplicity in the fashionable yet classic accessories that Cienaga carries, which make them versatile from day into night or from air work to that very important meeting. These TAO earrings are an outfit on its own, and carrying the handcrafted mini bag made by artesanos allows me to feel the love that has been infused into the bag all day long."
In her 40s: María José Barraza @barrazamjose
TV Host extraordinaire, influencer, personality, and a wife relentlessly dedicated to her love.
María has two priorities in life: her marriage and her family. Notwithstanding, she has a stellar career full of fabulous highlights as a TV host starting from her early twenties. She has the privilege to pick and choose what projects she engages with, and she does so with the utmost integrity. Her strong work ethic as evidenced through her career, absolute professionalism in how she treats news, not to mention her insanely stylish nature make her a total #CienagaBabe. Funnily enough, that same integrity is what she likes about Cienaga:
“Cienaga always showcases new Latin talent in design without ever forgetting the artisanship that makes Latin culture possible to begin with. I love that! It is respect for tradition and history sewn into the very fabric of the company. The way they bet on artisanal pieces as cosmopolitan, versatile and bold make them perfect for me! I especially like the relaxed nature of their hats and cuffs (they’re so comfortable to wear) that doesn’t sacrifice the WOW factor!”
In her 50s: Irma Martínez, @irmastyle
Style expert, fashion personality, mother, wife, mentor and entrepreneur @trendygroup.
Irma is a mother, wife, style advisor, stylist to stars but quite impressively a hell of an entrepreneur -- of the kind your typical misoginist would consider fill the ranks of the fashion world. She has turned her style business, Trendy Wardrobe, into a company that ranges from styling to education to real estate to TV & entertainment productions, not to to mention making herself a brand, @IrmaStyle. She shines like the sun of Key Biscayne, island which she calls home and where we caught up with her to chat about being a total #CienagaBabe.
"I must be comfortable at all times, there's always so much to do that fashion can't get in the way. In fact, it must help! Cienaga's accessories are perfect. The Amarati rings and bangles shine beautifully with their rough cut stones and they are sturdy, durable, won't get scratched, and importantly don't get in the way when texting, 'gramming or typing! Alejandra Isaac's sunstrings are also the perfect touch to any outfit, especially for me because I wear glasses wherever I go. They are my signature. Most of all, with these accessories I get to carry my Colombian heritage on my sleeve, which is @IrmaStyle's other signature."
In her 60s: Celia de Birbragher
Director & Editor Art Nexus Magazine, Patron of the arts, Citizen of the world
Celia is a force to be reckoned with. This woman has crusaded in the name of artists and creatives from Latin America for decades. Her passion for art and culture make her a star, not to mention a #CienagaBabe. Celia wholeheartedly believes that art shapes the way the soul perceives and interacts with the world. This passion and shear determination has allowed her to successfully direct Art Nexus Magazine for almost 4 decades. It is her love of artisanal crafts, wearable art and Latinamerican culture which spurred her to take the time out of her busy schedule during Art Basel Miami to pose for us sporting her favorite picks from Cienaga's closet: "I have three minutes for you to take this picture but I'd do anything to support your beautiful initiative"