Founded by Carolina Aguerrevere & Pablo Martínez in 2004, Hot Chocolate Design emerges into the Venezuelan market as a fresh and innovative accessories brand, based on the consumers need of fleeing away from the uniformity and creative rigidity provided by mass produced brands.
We define HCD as a design brand which occasionally blends with art as the concept, design and fabrication of each item we produce – shoes, bathing suits, purses, bags, home products, among others – is intended to reflect the individuality of each item. Betting on our customer’s need for originality, we offer limited collections and our retired products have become collector’s items.
The inspiration behind HCD comes mainly from our own lifestyle; our passion for collecting vintage items and certain nostalgia for all of the things that made us feel happy and comfortable when we were young. In our design brainstorms, we draw from items, colors, textures and patterns that we treasured in our infancy as well as our yearning to come across them again in our adult lives, transformed as Hot Chocolate Design® unique products.
Visit the Website: www.hotchocolatedesign.com
*Venezuela Month is an initiative by DESTIG to bring attention to the many creative successes that have originated from the country. This will be done for a month at no cost to the individuals or the country in order to bring positive attention to Venezuela during these difficult times for the people of that country.
5 years on - The world understands that social issues and environmental crisis are now matters of urgency.
Day after day, prophets of all kind are pulling the emergency cord, the entire economy is turning green and sustainable-developementising speeches are spreading around.
Actions remain scarce but words abound.
Beyond movies about the environment, beyond multinational companies building green windows to hide disasters, beyond the Copenhagen speeches filled with words and political promise….
And despite this green-fronted economy, let's try to offer a different vision which combines fair trade and ecology and links together economy, social initiatives and the environment.
A vision that proposes cultural change. Transparency.
Visit the Website: www.veja-store.com
Thoughtfully sculptured designs crafted with the finest Italian craftsmanship techniques, Lharodon is an artful take on modern footwear.
Our debut styles represent a blissful experiment in design where the shoe is the hero and convention takes a back seat.
Ruth Freeman began her career in the fashion industry as a retailer. She started scouting luxury handbags from Southeast Asia and Europe and selling goods to private customers and boutiques throughout the Unites States.
Her love for accessories combined with her knowledge of what consumers were looking for propelled her to explore shoe making and handbag design. She began sketching and immersing herself into the business of fashion and found an Italian factory to develop her debut collection.
She has built a career in finance and with Lharodon, she is able to balance business and creativity.
Ruth holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from Rutgers and Psychology from the University of Ghana.
Visit the Website: www.lhoradon.com
After many years living and style watching in San Francisco, and seeing the flip-flop and sneaker epidemic reach critical proportions, we arrived at the idea of Rothy’s.
Create an alternative, versatile shoe: one with the ease of a sneaker but with the polish of a feminine flat. And do it with low-waste, low- impact materials, hand-assembled for high quality and durability.
A wardrobe staple that goes with pretty much everything. Lightweight comfort. A shoe you’d be happy to keep on all day. In Rothy's style, comfort and versatility coexist in the first sustainable shoe as cute as it is comfortable; look good in your Rothy's and feel good about your Rothy's. That’s something you don’t see every day in fashion.
Visit the Website: https://rothys.com
A barber and a shoemaker – both of them already grandfathers – are the inspiration behind the Weekend Barber brand established in Porto, in 2012.
Weekend Barber is an experimental atelier that conveys together know-how and design.
The choice of materials and graphic elements are utterly important since each collection is a capsule and has its own imaginary.
Entirely designed and produced in Portugal.
Visit the Website: www.weekendbarber.com
Katharina Purkarthofer (*1992, Graz, Austria) graduated from Polimoda, Florence in June 2014. As a young and promising footwear & accessories designer she got selected for "Polimoda Talent" and had offers to kick off her career at Salvatore Ferragamo, Alexander Wang or Dolce & Gabbana. But she chose her very own path. Katharina focused on broaden her creative horizon and kept pushing her concepts forward.
Next stop: Milan. In October 2014 she attended the TFORTHREE contest and was one of seven winners that got signed by Italy's first fashion incubator and are now having one collection fully supported by the platform. She's currently in competition with six other designers to get her contract extended. The decision goes by the sales performance of their debut collections.
Visit the Website: www.katharinapurkarthofer.com
Our journey began in 2014, with a mission to create our personal dream shoe, one that would accompany us on any quest and adapt to any situation.
So we went straight to the source—the heart of Italy—where craftspeople have been perfecting the art of handmade shoes for hundreds of years.
We were thorough. We visited 34 factories before we found the one that mirrored our vision for Koio, in the gorgeous coastal village of Civitanova.
What emerged from this partnership were shoes that truly fused the artistry of luxury with the ready-for-anything ethos of modern city life. We knew the shoes would speak to a generation of people who recognized the distinction between quality and excess, and that—like us—eschewed traditional paths in favor of forging their own.
Constructed with the finest calf-skin leathers and hand-finished with unrivaled attention to detail, Koio products truly embody the spirit of their inception: they are ready for any journey—whether it’s the streets of a foreign city or an unexplored road home.