Clandestina Hits the Runway at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano

This past Saturday the Cuban fashion brand and design shop Clandestina 99% Diseño Cubano hit the runway and hosted their “Se Acabó el Drama” fashion show at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano. Founded by Leire Fernandez and Cuban designer Idania Del Rio, the Clandestina brand is known for their mix of bright colors, hip design, clever humor, and of course a little bit of Cuban … Continue reading Clandestina Hits the Runway at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano

Cuba’s Fashion Industry is Small, but Growing

The fashion scene in Cuba is brand new and rapidly changing. For decades, Cubans have foregone fashion as it is sometimes seen as contradictory to the ideals of the revolution. But as Cuba opens up and increases its exposure to the outside work, new and exciting opportunities in fashion are beginning to emerge. Typical Cubans on the street get their clothing in several different ways. … Continue reading Cuba’s Fashion Industry is Small, but Growing

Mixing Ideas and Cultures at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano

Cuba’s cooler than ever. Every week a new bar, restaurant or event space opens, often owned by the Cuban creative class, the artists permitted to sell their work internationally. They bring a unique sense of individuality and beauty to their spaces. Simple, with few tables and small menus, they serve whatever food is available to buy that day. Standing out from all others is the … Continue reading Mixing Ideas and Cultures at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano

On Cuba on Clandestina, Our Favorite Clothing Shop in Havana

OnCuba recently profiled our favorite design shop in Cuba, Clandestina 99% Diseno Cubano, who we wrote about here. In perhaps the most interesting portion of the article, founders Idania Del Rio and Leire Fernández discuss their difficulties in creating a new Cuban brand. The idea of a “brand” is fascinating in a country where, for decades, the only brand was the state. You still see … Continue reading On Cuba on Clandestina, Our Favorite Clothing Shop in Havana