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The approach behind this first collection was taking ephemeral, everyday elements and transforming them into precious objects that can withstand the test of time. The concept is developped through a series of word associations, a bird, a cuckoo, a cuckoo clock showing a non-existent time of day, winged animals having short life-spans, wings that fly... like time... like life itself. Pieces are individually made, chemically oxidized and then polished, giving them a vintage look. Since all the different processes are performed individually on each piece, there can be slight differences between one and another, making each one unique. The chains follow the same process, and are completed with inserts of either coral, obsidian or mother-of-pearl beads next to the clasp.
About the Designer
carlos is based in MEXICO CITY, Mexico. He studied at ESMOD PARIS / IFM PARIS. His collections are produced in Mexico.
Born in Mexico City, where he studied graphic design, Carlos Ortega traveled to Paris in the year 2000 to follow fashion design studies.
After graduating from ESMOD as a designer/pattern maker specializing in haute couture, he did an internship with belgian designer Jean-Paul Knott and then presented two collections of his own at the salon du Prêt-à-Porter Paris.
In 2005, after a 6-month admission process, and a selection among 500 candidates, he was accepted in the prestigious International Fashion Design Post-graduate Program at the Institut Français de la Mode (IFM).
During that year he had the opportunity to work in collaboration with houses such as Louis Vuitton Malletier, Agnelle, Hyogo Socks Manufacturers Association and Marty, an outsourcing manufacturer to Chanel, Yves Saint-Laurent and Chloé.
Having finished the MA program at IFM he joins the design studio at Maison Givenchy, directly under the newly appointed Art Director Riccardo Tisci, where he stays for 6 collections.
In the late 2007, he decides to return to Mexico City, where he works as a designer/fashion stylist, collaborating with local designers.
In 2008 he presented a collection of plexiglass accessories inspired by classic videogames.
In october 2008 he presented a collection of flamenco-inspired brass accessories as a collaboration with local designer T.E.M.O.R.E.S.
In 2009, he launched "Ag" a collection of sterling silver accessories.