SFW Latin America ft. Leslie Palacios

SFW Latin America ft. Leslie Palacios

We got some news! Slow Fashion World officially in Latin America announcing our SFW change-maker Leslie Palacios. She connects the world through the digital world in fashion, with a strong commitment & experience working with Association Alpaca International, and immerse in the Alpaca World in Peru. Did I mention she is a professional dancer too? Together with SFW, worked and developed a strong collaboration to connect Alpaca, Latin American fashion and network to Europe, the world.

I met Leslie during my last visit to Alpaca Fiesta 2018. The connection was made before our last visit to Alpaca Fiesta 2018 bringing international change-makers to the event, an unforgettable event for both SFW and Leslie Palacios. It was the before and after or a closer collaboration which resulted in the Association of International Alpaca’s digital magazine NEW.

As a Peruvian living and building a global platform in Europe, we managed to connect and align our goals to connect the world with conscious, creative women and men with strength, creativity, ethics and vision. This embodies Leslie’s work, from opening us the possibility to explore the Alpaca World, meeting relevant leaders from the industry like Daniel Aréstegui, Raul Rivera, between other industry professionals and change-makers developing the industry from local to global, showing the potential of Alpaca as the fiber connecting the world. Together with Leslie this is our mission, the potential of Alpaca in fashion is huge.

Leslie Palacios truly invests her life and career in the Alpaca World as she believes is the future of fashion. A fashion with sustainability as the norm, alpaca as a reference of design and fashion and promoting “Always in movement”. Let’s learn about her work and latest achievements.

Who is Leslie Palacios?

 

It is a really complicated question, but to begin to know who we are, we must first know our roots and the experiences we have will be part of who we are. Mine were always art and alpaca world. Producing, directing, being in front of or behind a production, it has been a constant fact, either in fashion, in the cinema or in a magazine. I like challenges and every time someone tell me that it is difficult to do something, or even impossible, it attracts me even more.

Despite the super low profile that I`ve always maintained, sometimes I`ve been asked How do you connect with such famous people? Initially I asked myself the same question, but now I realize that I`ve always being myself, someone real and that is what really matters, without egos or appearances, being sensitive that’s where my strength and creativity are based.

How do you combine sustainable fashion with your passion, commitment with dancing and alpaca?

Photography: Christian Lax. Founder D1 & Peruvian Dancer: Vania Masias

 

Art and life cannot be separated are the same thing so if there is life it is because there is sustainability.

We hear news about a potential change and transformation in fashion. Do you feel that sustainable fashion has achieved impact-based results in Latin America?

Sustainable fashion still has many challenges in the different edges that compose it, it is not easy but at least not impossible, I have managed to connect with great personalities who are looking for a transformation and their work focuses on Latin America but if we really join as an ethical community, the change will have greater impact of what has already been seen. Moving is a constant!

 

Tell us about your experience working with International Alpaca Association. What can you tell us about alpaca industry?

At the beginning it was difficult to be admitted because of the how young I look and perhaps because of the little known in the industry, the advantages of that low profile I maintained helped me to know who really were real – by past experiences the fashion world is usually full of egos inflated that do not take you to anything – but I agreed to direct the digital area of ​​Alpaca Fiesta because I knew that creating content I would be able to investigate in depth what is necessary for a close future (like my traditions) to create something new, so I put into practice my academic profile. Everything that was in my hands I studied, even the most technical. I already had a responsibility and commitment that was beyond my position.

Remembering a conversation I had with Eva Hughes some weeks ago who said “behind a great power comes a great responsibility” without any a doubt this experience was a great responsibility. Thanks to the credibility and confidence provided by the presidency and management, demonstrating all my skills based on results, I put my ideas in action and not only the English crown dancer was brought to the event, also a group of specialized people including MODA DOC América Latina, the first documentary film about ethical fashion and handcraft, together with international platform connecting change-makers Slow Fashion World.

People can`t imagine the pressure I had to fulfill almost everything I had proposed, dealing with others who thought I was  only dreaming.

Is it true that the Peruvian Alpaca arrived at the hands of one of the family members of the English crown?

Alpaca Fiesta (2018). Photography: Juan Manuel Martínez.

Yes, finally I can share with you that together with Fernando Montaño, we were able to deliver alpaca gifts to Lady Gabrielle Windsor, niece of Queen Isabell II in London who was delighted and very grateful. Those details are what really has a great value if you give with all your heart, not just for pure promotion.

Fernando Montaño is someone who has not only my high regard but also the entire Association in Peru, he recently received the grade doctor of the arts by the University of Bath, and his life story is really incredible! It shows that everything is possible regardless of condition and to fight for what one really wants without stepping on anyone on the road.

 

NEW – ISSUE 1

Photography: Christian Lax

 

We want to officially announce to the community the launch of NEW a digital magazine that connects the world through inspiring with sustainable high fashion instories to the world. Cover feature: Molly Tuesta, PROM PERU official image in Paris 2019.

Talking about Paris, the interview about our latest #SFWAlliances is available. Leslie Palacios interviewed the Executive Producer of the first 100% Latin American Fashion Show in Europe Carolina Dávila.

In alliance with Slow Fashion World, we bring a unique Latin American experience during Paris Fashion Week 2019. YOU ARE INVITED!

Do not forget to subscribe to our mailing list! Let us take you on a journey to Latin American events, experiences to showcase and celebrate Slow Fashion movement.

Mariel Jumpa

Mariel Jumpa

Founder & Advisor

Founder Slow Fashion World connecting change-makers around the world.

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Meet Kmana – Conscious World Wanderers

Meet Kmana – Conscious World Wanderers

Great news! Kmana is joining our PopUp Store + Events in Paris.

Showcasing and selling for a whole week, Kmana is bringing conscious + ethical fashion to our “Creative & Conscious” Paris edition. Let’s introduce you now to a fantastic journey from how it all started for this ethical brand Kmana bags.

Meet the Founder

 

Change-maker Bea Sanz-Corella was born in Barcelona, Spain. Bea is passionate, kind and strong about her commitment to make a difference. She  has built experience and a career around anthropology, economy, yoga. She is also a mother of two wonderful twins.

Bea, a gogetter woman ready to show share her positive vibes and charisma to the world with Kmana . This is what I’ve felt when I read about Bea’s story. I am feeling that we will have so great stories with Bea, our community and showcase globally the beauty that Kmana shares through designs and values.

Bea’s passion around travelling began when she was a teenager inspired by the novels she’s read, and currently connecting experiences and stories to her life work. She has lived in and travelled all the continents, supporting and connecting like-minded international institutions, organizations and individuals in more than 70 countries, who work towards a better world. In 2013, after some years using the magic Emporda as a base and two years traveling with her family, she landed in Bali and fell deeply in love with the island.

Ever since, Bali has been her home, she calls it ”the place to which she returns, to seek refuge and stand still until her next move, and the place where she has finally decided to follow her passion for sustainable design and bags”.

The beauty & Story of Kmana 

 

After settling in Bali and connect life and beauty of her now home, she decided to follow her passion and during 2015 she launched Kmana, a name that was created from  ‘Mau ke mana’ that is Bali’s ubiquitous greeting. Bea quotes “Kmana was born out of a desire to combine ethics and aesthetics, to serve the world’s wanderers. Men and women who, regardless of their age, desire timeless and unisex fashion produced sustainably in small batches”.

A wonderful extract of the story of Kmana: The brand began working with a Balinese–Javanese family of gifted leather artisans, hand-crafting oversized bags for ourown travels. Soon afterwards, visiting friends and acquaintances began ordering their own personal bags and accessories. Without realizing, our bags started travelling outside of Bali, to Brisbane, Melbourne, Hong Kong and Barcelona. Now together with Slow Fashion World we will be traveling with Kmana to the rest of the world, starting Paris.

What Kmana stand up for?

 

                                                                                       CHTWIN 6 – The Backpack

Kmana is a team, a family that works around ethics, transparency and great design. Bea’s statement about Kmana;

“We are a passionate, ethical, family-run design company producing leather travel bags and accessories handcrafted in Bali. Our designs are made for the wanderers, the makers and shakers, and all those who believe as we do, that we are constantly creating the world we live in. It all comes down to the decisions we make. Make your choice and shake the world in a gentle way”

SUSTAINABILITY 

Commited to Slow Fashion and developing a strong business with honesty, transparency and ethics, Kmana bags are “made to last decades if not a lifetime, if properly taken care of”. How are the bags made? Check out their website for full information.

They make sure that the used is by-product of the food industry.

Locally sourced and coming from family-run tanneries in East Jave, Indonesia.

Using one piece of full-grain cow leather or sheep leather (i.e. one hide) for each bag, ensuring fewer seams and improved durability.

We partner with like-minded individuals and workshops in Java to ensure the quality and transparency of the tanning process and minimize its environmental  and societal impact, namely through  the waste management procedures.

We mostly use vegetable tanned leather,

Tannins used to tan our vegetable-tanned bags are found in the local tree barks and leaves.

The other elements of the bags is hand-made, traceable and, to the maximum extent possible, ethically sourced.

Kmana is  strongly committed to continue researching the vegan option for our bags and to launch a vegan line, free from scary materials like PVC or polyurethane.

What story is behind the Maya colection?

 

                                                                                     MAYA 3 – The Vertical Tote

Inspired by Maya Angelou’s works and riveting personality, Kmana’s second collection is a tribute to the free-spirit of this remarkable
Renaissance woman. Tall and regal, with a deep majestic voice, she was unforgettable whether encountered through sight, sound or the printed word.

Kamana inspires the world by creating pieces that last and having a solid family that stands under ethical and quality values. Kmana bags are the ideal gift and must have for your next travel. For more about Kamana visit Kmana Concept.

BONJOUR PARIS!  POPUP STORE DEC. 10 – DEC. 16, 2018

 

Welcome to learn more about Kmana in our PopUp Store + Events. Check our Events coming soon this week and save the date!   Showroom de la Folie-Méricourt 70 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011 Paris – Quartier République / Canal Saint-Martin. Follow us in Facebook for more details

Mariel Jumpa

Mariel Jumpa

Founder

Founder Slow Fashion World. Passionate about connecting global and local communities for change. She champions diversity and consults start-ups, companies in sustainability, marketing strategy and business development.

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