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Born in Uruguay, Gabriela Hearst grew up on her family’s ranch surrounded by horses and cattle. Gabriela attended the British School in Montevideo and studied Communications at the O.R.T. University of Uruguay.
After more than a decade spent in design in New York, Gabriela honored her family’s heritage through the launch of her eponymous label in Fall 2015, as well as taking over the operations of her father’s ranch in Uruguay.
Gabriela wanted to create a brand that reflects a slower pace and process: where things are made with care and detail, where tradition is more important than trend, where there is a purpose to every piece.
Wool has always been an integral part of her life and knitwear is the cornerstone of the brand. For Fall 2016 collection, Gabriela partnered with a women’s nonprofit, Manos del Uruguay.
Gabriela’s commitment is to make a strong and modern collection without compromising her ethics and key values, taking into consideration where materials come from and who is making them: luxury with a conscience or in other words, “honest luxury”.
Each garment is an item into which Gabriela can pour her desire— made with impeccable construction and uncompromising, noble materials. Together, they tell a story of the places she loves that made her who she is: Uruguay and New York. Combining the utilitarian and the beautiful, she wanted to design long-lasting garments that hold memories for the woman who wears them. She is a real woman, alluring and powerful, but there is much action in her life and these clothes are her uniform, her armor.
She launched in 2016 her Nina Bag which started as a limited edition series bag and now has an extensive waiting list.
In June 2016, Gabriela collaborated with Tod’s to update their classic slip-on sneaker with a men’s brogue detail and Morse-code trim that reads “love” – twenty percent of proceeds went to Save the Children.
Gabriela Hearst is available at Bergdorf Goodman in the US, Net-a-Porter, Matches Fashion and My Theresa online, Selfridges in the UK, Le Bon Marche in France, Lane Crawford, Joyce and Boon the Shop in Asia.
Gabriela is the winner of the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize for womenswear.
In March 2017, Gabriela was nominated for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent.