Mariela Studio

I am a designer from San Juan, Puerto Rico. My educational background includes Architecture studies at the University of Puerto Rico and Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design. Because of this, I developed an interest in the integration of both disciplines, approaching design in an alternative and non-traditional way. Utilizing unusual materials in order to create textures and structure in my pieces and exploring with hardware for footwear and apparel, rethinking the details and techniques on assemblage. 

My achievements include being selected as one of the students to participate in the Design and Marketing of Luxury Products Master class, a collaboration between Parsons The New School for Design and Columbia Business School where me and my team had to solve specific case study by participating company CHANEL and working alongside senior executives of the aforementioned brand. With the success of that study, I then became founding  member for The Luxury Society at Parsons, a student governed organization dedicated to bridging the connection between the Luxury Industry and the New School as well as an alumni for the Luxury Education Foundation which is a non-profit organization that focuses on educational programs for students in design and business related to the creation and marketing of luxury goods. 

My most recent award includes being sponsored by Parsons The New School for Design for a web startup: PRoPS, a new online platform that connects creators and creatives with brands as a means to enhance their recognition. My approach for PRoPS consists of designing development in different scales combining elements of both Fashion Design & Architecture. 

Since Hurricane Maria, most creations have been focused on the subject of Puerto Rico through a series of analyses and diagrams based on the topography, geography, precipitation, population density and climate of the island, transferring this to visual textures, that is, the digitally engineered prints shown in the pieces. With this ongoing project came a series of achievements and goals including having Puerto Rican reggaeton singer Daddy Yankee wear one of my customized bomber jackets to the Latin American Music Awards 2018 as well as having singer Melissa Ocasio rock another customized bomber jacket to the Latin Grammys 2018.

As a Puerto Rican designer, I think it's vital to represent my homeland and the goal is to invite viewers to appreciate La Isla del Encanto through my designs.