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GRAZIANO & GUTIERREZ POP-UP | NOV. 22-24

GRAZIANO & GUTIERREZ POP-UP | NOV. 22-24

Join me in welcoming Mexican-American fashion brand, GRAZIANO & GUTIERREZ, to Portland. Come meet co-founder, Alejandro Gutiérrez, and learn about the brand's newest collection, made in collaboration with artisans in Oaxaca and Chiapas. 

DETAILS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019 - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2019
11:00AM - 5:00PM
VIA RAIZ
2774 NW THURMAN ST., PORTLAND

graziano and gutierrez mexican-american fashion brand

ABOUT

Graziano and Gutiérrez was founded in 2018 by Alejandro Gutiérrez and Samuel Graziano after a trip to mexico to research different artisinal techniques and meet artisan and indigenous groups in Alejandro’s native home of the Yucatan; they decided to use these learnings to inform and create a platform to prolong and preserve the incredibly rich heritage of this country. By combining Alejandro’s personal culture, knowledge and experience growing up around these indigenous and artisan groups of mexico, his background in design, pattern making, and environmentally sustainable, slow apparel with Sam’s background in outdoor and active wear, product development and branding, G&G was formed. They based the brand around three major foundations: artisan collaboration, environmental responsibility, and transparency.

ARTISAN COLLABORATION 

We collaborate with artisan groups of México in order to preserver their traditional techniques such as weaving on pedal looms and back-strap looms and to provide consistent fair work and pay for these communities. 
 
Through working with these indigenous groups we are able to help preserve and extend the rich textile and craft history in México and provide a unique and innovative use to their textiles. We are currently partnered with two artisan communities in Mexico from Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca and San Andres Larrainzar, Chiapas. In addition, we aim to provide a percentage of sales to the artisans and outfit the workers of the community in the apparel that they help create.
 

ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

We utilize only environmental and socially sustainable fabrications and trims. this includes both hand made cotton fabrics from the artisans we work with, but also compostable natural fiber textiles like organic cotton and hemp. The only exceptions we make are to extend the life cycle, durability, or comfort of each piece. we are always looking to have the most earth and human friendly solutions to every aspect of our products. Not only is every garment hand-made to order in our Portland, OR studio but we also keep all the fabric leftovers in order to provide future repairs for our customers clothing and/or create unique up-cycled textiles.
 

EDUCATION & TRANSPARENCY 

We strive to be as transparent as we can and we do this by providing our customers with as much information as possible with what goes into our products. Every piece comes with a label detailing garment origins; fabric origins, production as well as artisan and collaborative partners in order to educate the wearer on what all went into making each piece. In addition, our social media is utilized as a platform to educate our customers about traditional Mexican culture, the communities we work with and the process behind the making of each garment.


alejandro gutierrez co-founder of graciano and gutierrez fashion brand


ABOUT THE ARTISAN REGIONS 

Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca

Teotitlan del Valle is a small village outside Oaxaca established in 1465; it was one of the first villages founded by the Zapotec people in this area. The name Teotitlan comes from Nahuatl and means “land of the gods”, it’s Zapotec name is Xaguixe. This village is known for it’s hand-woven textiles, especially rugs, which are woven on pedal looms, from wool obtained from local sheep and dyed mainly with local, natural dyes.

In Teotitlan del Valle we work closely with family Bautista Martinez who have specialized in textile making for 50 years. While working with wool is one of their specialities they also work with organic cotton to make lighter fabrics that can be used as comforters, tablecloths or in our case clothes. They acquire their cotton regionally and proceed to make their fabrics on pedal looms in their local work-shop.

San Andres Larrainzar, Chiapas

Chiapas is one of the states with the largest indigenous populations in Mexico making it rich with culture and history. We work with a local family business owned by Jorge Giacobone who started working with indigenous communities in 1980 to help preserve their traditional techniques and provide a platform for the artisans to showcase their work. Their fabrics are made on back-strap looms by artisans in the communities of San Andres Larrainzar, Chamuela, Oxchuc y Tenejapa. Together with local communities they’ve adapted centuries old weaving techniques in order to develop high-quality hand-woven textiles. The hieroglyphics are based on traditional Mayan motifs found in ancient sculptures within the region.