As you may or may not know, the Amazon has been ablaze now for WEEKS. There has been little media coverage and both the Bolivian and Brazilian governments are denying fault as well as international aid. The Amazon is one of the worlds most important eco systems and provides more that 20% of our Earth’s oxygen. To lose the Amazon would be detrimental to our survival as a species. If you feel inclined to help, please click the link. Valeria, from Water thru Skin, is a fellow Bolivian and has organized donations that will be directly sent to the regions affected. Follow her feed for live updates and transparent explanations on where EACH dollar is going.
This image is from a shoot that was a Bolivian trifecta. Shot, styled, sourced and modeled by Bolivianas. Using designer vintage garments we recreated traditional Cholita fashion. Many of these designers themselves have “borrowed” ideas and designs from indigenous communities and this was a way of taking it back and to honor Bolivia’s Cholitas. Who are some of the most badass, hard working women in the world. When I approached Vanessa Acosta (@fromabolivian) about doing a shoot together, I knew it would be one of the most enriching things I would do but I didn’t expect it to open such a door in my spirit that would have me questioning everything. Vanessa is such a talent. I found her via social media over a year ago. Like all other Bolivians, we both don’t know many others that aren’t our family. Knowing this, I aggressively reached out and she was enthusiastically receptive. We have been supportive of each other since the beginning. And it gives me such joy to see her creativity and talent take her far. .
I met Lizbeth Sanchez (@chiefliz) in a similar fashion. I saw her at A Current Affair a year or so back and its hard to explain but I new instantly that she was South American. If you ever get the chance to talk with her, you’ll experience such warmth and knowledge from her. She is connected to everything and is such an inspiration. She is a mega entrepreneur, being the mother of Wild Living Foods and The Holy Grail, in Los Angeles. She communicates and interacts with an incredible healing energy. Im proud to know her.
These two women make me strive to be better in every endeavor that I choose. Im so excited to create more with them and to supply representation of Bolivian culture and to give back to my community. Stay tuned for more.
More selection headed to A Current Affair May 12 + 13.
Our Spring collection preview for A Current Affair Brooklyn May 12 + 13. Modeled by Jackie Shuya Tan.
Our third collaboration with amazingly talented photographer and dear friend Nathan Perkel. This series exclusively features Jean Paul Gaultier pieces from the 1990s. Modeled by Isioma Iyamah.
Our second collaboration with the talented Cary Fagan, featuring archival Jean Paul Gaultier, Norma Kamali, Helmut Lang and Yohji Yamamoto vintage from our collection. Modeled by Shannon Chase and Cranston Mills.
Our Winter Preview for the A Current Affair Holiday show December 1st + 2nd. Modeled by Jackie Shuya Tan.
Eventide Chinatown explorations with Maxima Cortina in TEMPLO. Photographed by Nathan Perkel.
A dystopian work week explored through garments. Featuring 1990s Jean Paul Gaultier, Kenzo, Comme des Garçons and MIU MIU from our collection. Modeled by Jackie Shuya Tan. Photos and direction by Danielle Nemet.
A foto collaboration with Artist and Model Sarah Abney.
Bask and Bloom. Our Spring Preview for A Current Affair LA April 1 + 2, 2017. Styled By Mel Eligon. Modeled by Janiva Ellis.
Fotos by Jeff Enlow for Templo. Modeled by Isioma Iyamah and Tauni Malgren.
A collaboration with Brooklyn based artist Stephen Faillace showcasing his artwork as a collection of hand painted leather vintage items.
Our concept was to highlight Stephen’s graphic, colorful patterns and artwork on a wearable medium. Reminiscent of the downtown and club kid scene of the 1980s, Stephen’s artwork exemplifies and exudes a time in which difference was celebrated with color and vibrancy.
Styled from our Vintage collection, we paired the pieces with garments from iconic designers of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Windcoat by Issey Miyake, Geoffrey Beene, Versace and Junya Watanabe for Comme Des Garçon, Maison Martin Margiela
Fotos by Nathan Perkel
Our First collaboration features Photographer and friend Nathan Perkel and his prior works as projections in a new and ethereal composition. Our vision in this set of photos, styled and sourced by Templo, was to convey the minimalist structural designs and concepts captured by Nathan in Japan. Honored with these abstractions are the pieces from the 1994 Collection from Japanese design house, Comme des Garçon, Junya Watanabe, and perennial nonpareil American designer Norma Kamali — modeled by the beautiful and talented Yojaira Alvarez.