As part of our ongoing Year of Mexico project, we are proud to present our Pre-Spring and Spring 2020 collections through “The Familia: A Portrait Series” by Stefan Ruiz, which features inspiring, influential figures in the Mexican creative community.
The series, shot in Los Angeles and New York, captures a cast of established and emerging individuals – artists, actors, chefs, designers, musicians, photographers, entrepreneurs, multihyphenates – that exemplify the power of Mexican creativity today. Scroll below to learn more about each person.
Our Year of Mexico launched this June and focuses on spotlighting designers, artisans, brands and talent from our neighboring country. Since our start in 2002, we have supported cultures and creators from around the world in the spirit of our namesake inspiration, the Olympic Games. Each year, we focus on a “host” country and we work with native talent to bring new perspectives to our audience.
“Throughout our lives, and particularly through our Year of Mexico project, we have been privileged enough to witness the breadth of talent and soul that emanates from the Mexican community. In our current political climate, and at a most crucial time to celebrate diversity on both our home front and abroad, we decided to bring together friends new and old who pioneer conversation in the global cultural dialogue.” - Humberto Leon, OC co-founder and creative director.
The portraits provide a first look at our new collections, which were inspired by the team’s travels to Mexico. The first part of the collection launches today online and at our stores in New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo.
In continuing our mission to support social justice and change, 20% of the first week sales of the collection will be donated to our friends at Fondo Semillas -- a non-profit organization that works closely with women-led grassroots groups in Mexico that improve the living conditions of local communities and promote gender equality.
An accompanying video series that spotlights each individual, their craft, and their story will be live soon on our YouTube and Instagram TV @openingceremony - stay tuned!