- Gabriela Hearst
- New York City
Born in Uruguay, Gabriela Hearst (née Perezutti) grew up on her family’s ranch surrounded by horses and cattle. She eventually made her way to New York and co-founded a contemporary fashion label, Candela, in 2004. Her eponymous collection is a way to honor her heritage, and its fall 2015 debut coincided with her taking over the operations of her father’s ranch in Uruguay after his passing.
“I 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,” says Hearst. “Each garment is an item into which I could pour my desires—made with impeccable constructions and uncompromising, noble materials. Together, they tell a story of the places I love that made me who I am—Uruguay and New York.”