Carla Fernandez is a Mexico City-based designer whose eponymous brand works with indigenous communities throughout Mexico, especially with women co-ops that produce handmade textiles and clothing. Carla has developed a successful enterprise where the fashion industry and the handmade crafts of Mexico become compatible. It consists of paying artisans not only for the hand labor but also for the intellectual property of their designs. This innovative system allows the brand to integrate as many as one thousand artisans while keeping pace with the speed of fashion.
In 2008, she was the winner of the IYCE Fashion Award 2008. She has shown at Santa Fe’s International Folk Art Market.