Ana Maria Guiulfo.
Ana María Guiulfo is a true artist at heart. Her passion for fashion, art, music, design, travel and culture are evident in every step she has taken in her career and continues to inspire with her collections today.
Her collection, always present in the most important runways of fashion like Fashion Week Paris, Miami, Puerto Rico, Lima Fashion Week and Point of East.
ESCUDO combines their passion for design with Peru’s vast cultural wealth.
Their soulful, one of a kind pieces are inspired by ancestral traditions, as well as a commitment to the development of artisanal techniques, a deep admiration of folk art, and the responsibility that comes with the utmost attention to detail. Syncretism and cultural fusion work to forge the old with the new: fibres, knits, embroideries, seams, elements and colours that dance and converse, that bring us closer to the essence of our past and project us into the future.
ESCUDO’s studio is located in the bohemian neighbourhood of Barranco, overlooking the Lima coast. It is here where they design and complete all their hand-made garments with the support of local knitters who assist and enlighten them with their extensive artisanal skills and knowledge. The Alpaca wool and cotton used are carefully woven using a hand-loom to make only the finest textiles.
ESCUDO brings together Peru’s master craftsmen and women, and it’s famous fibres. In doing so, each piece of clothing has a storyline that can be traced back to the knitter who hand – wove it, the alpaca that gave up it’s coat, or even centuries back – to when these knitting traditions were born. Within each garment lies a story…and once worn, you become a part of it.
A beautiful, impetuous and creative woman, fond of the equestrian sport, Claudia Bertolero was born into a Peruvian Italian family and was raised in Lima. Her life revolved around games, unforgettable summers and trips to marvelous places, and she left her childhood behind she focused her sights overseas putting into practice what her parents instilled in her: a good education. Claudia studied Business Administration & Marketing at the University of Miami and Fashion Merchandising at Miami International University of Art and Design, but it was her job experience at Prada that took her into the next step.
Captivated by the fashion industry, Claudia decided to move to the fashion capital of the world: Milan. Just by taking classes of Interior Design and Textile at the prestigious European Institute of Design, strolling down the opulent Via Monte Napoleone and absorbing the culture from the well known Lombardy Region, she knew she was in the right path.
However, while she was visiting her family in Peru, she received an unexpected present that turned out to be the long awaited inspiration she was hoping for; a horse. Her eyes opened to the fashion world through the equestrian sport and awoke her innate fashion touch. Her Peruvian Italian roots blended in with her spare time and her work, the elegance with creativity thus resulting in a product that is unique in its kind.
After countless hours of hard work and inspiration, Claudia was determined at all cost to make her dreams come true. She won the first prize in two contests: the “International Contest for Young Fashion Creators” in Lima, Peru and the “International Contest for Young Fashion Creators at the Louvre´s Carrousel in Paris, France.
Her eagerness for knowledge did not end there; as a life time student and a perfectionist, she completed her studies at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture Parisienne in Paris, after being awarded a prize to study at this school. Winning was not enough, what she really wanted was to develop techniques, study languages and learn about different cultures.
Currently, Claudia works at her Atelier in Lima, Peru, and she has received numerous awards, run countless fashion shows and made the cover of several magazines; these are but a few examples of how Claudia has grown into a well known Fashion Designer and a human being who touches your heart. Her passion for fashion and life are clearly revealed in her work. Fashion is her life but she has a special fondness for horses.
ITALA TESTINO ATELIER/PERU.
Itala Testino is a Peruvian designer graduated from Mod’ART International. She pursued further studies at Instituto de Moda y Diseño MAD, and at the Domus Academy of Milan.
She grew up between fabrics and needles and pioneered the redefinition of the night gown in Lima. She used romantic lines and classic silhouettes aiming to step out of the traditional look playing with elements such as patterned chiffon; and new cuts redefining women’s bodies. With 25 years of age, Itala Testino presented her latest collection at Miami’s last Fashion Week.
CARLOS VIGIL COUTURE.
Carlos Vigil was born in Chiclayo, Peru, in 1960. He became interested in fashion when he was young, reason why he opened his first atelier in Lima. He has devoted his professional life to fashion design and haute couture ever since.
This designer blew women’s minds since his beginnings with his innovative and exclusive clothing lines with custom-made designs, specially made for the occasion, and matching his client’s preferences and personality.
In November 2006, he opened a new atelier in San Isidro following the brand’s line.
Throughout his career, he has designed innumerable pieces for every occasion, specialising in wedding dresses and night gowns.
Julian Chang is a native of Lima, Peru, who moved to Miami to pursue a career in fashion. He studied at the Miami International University of Art & Design where he improved his skills in illustration, construction, pattern making and design.
Parallel to that, Chang took part in prestigious competitions in New York and Paris to make his abilities advance and increase his creativity. He also did a series of internships and freelanced for companies specializing in children’s clothing, menswear and swimwear.
Julian opened his first studio boutique in Miami’s Upper East Side. His boutique features couture including custom-made bridal and evening wear, and a chic line of ready-to-wear. Vogue, Ocean Drive, and People magazines have featured his fashion, which has also been shown in Miami’s Fashion Week of the Americas.
Throughout his career, this designer has received top honors and achieved worldwide recognition including: Prêt-à-Porter Designer of the Year, Prêt-à-Porter Style Award, Ebenzer Award of Honor World Fashion in Korea, Florida International’s, Designer Star Winner, Vogue En Español’s Designer’s Choice Award, The Cadillac Luxury Lifestyle Award, Gen Art’s Fresh Faces Award, recipient of The Key to the City of Miami Beach, Vox Out Award, and Induction into the Alumni Wall of Fame. Furthermore, the renowned publication Women’s Wear Daily selected Chang as the Up and Coming Ready-to-Wear Designer to watch.