Manuela Álvarez, creative director of MAZ who stablished a relationship with fashion since she was a kid as a way of expressing herself. Since the beginning she experimented with different styles and intervening garments. Studied fashion design in Istituto Marangoni in Milan where, through exploration, she found an interest in modern tailoring and her own creative voice.
Consuelo works in the industry since 36 years ago. Her journey as a clothes manufacturer started when she had to provide for her children, but throughout the years, it transformed into a constant professional and intellectual learning process, giving her the opportunity to meet people that helped her grow and evolve in her pattern and manufacturing process. These experiences have shaped Consuelo’s creativity and assertiveness in creating pieces that involve artisanal elaborations and handmade designs. She believes MAZ has given her the opportunity to evolve in her process and develop her skills in pattern and clothes manufacturing. Most importantly she thinks of the brand and Manuela as her family. Every collection she makes for MAZ is a constant evolving process due to the challenges she accomplishes, making her feel fulfilled and gratified.
Floralba has been working in the industry for 45 years. She enjoys hand embroiding because it’s something that fills her soul. Her work is full of love and she transmits the emotions she feels into her pieces. She owns her sewing workshop since 30 years ago, where she embroiders all types of garments. Every handcrafted piece she creates, is a different world for her, and she loves exploring the various emotions embroidering makes her feel.
Deisy started working in the industry 26 years ago, specializing in leather, suede, and cloths. Every handmade piece she makes is caracterized by her handmade work: embroidery, perforations, knitwear and artisanal details. Daisy loves art, she believes the human body is a canvas, and that is where she creates her artwork. She tries to make every single person that wears MAZ garments, feel like a work of art.
Leonel started working in the industry 20 years ago. He specializes in womens wear, and enjoys making every type of handcrafted garment for MAZ, from coats and jackets to skirts. He has always worked by himself in sartorial and custom clothing.
Nora has been in handcrafted clothes manufacturing since 42 years ago. She started with the elaboration of blouses, dresses and pants for MAZ, but then specialized in working with the indigenious artisan elaborations in Guanga vertical loom “Chumbes” and “Sayos”. She took the path of working with these elaborations due to the elegance portrayed on the final pieces. Her favorite part of her work is seeing her MAZ handmade pieces finished and ready to sell. Nora works with her two daughters in her sewing workshop, and has a talent for teaching her family the escence of clothes manufacturing.
Sagrario started her journey hand knitting in the textile industry 35 years ago. Later on she bought her sewing machine, and started working in a factory for 10 years. During those 10 years, her mother became gravely ill, therefore the factory owner decided to let her work from home leading to her independence in her sewing career. She works by herself in her sewing workshop, specializing in handcrafted knitwear. For Sagrario the most important thing is to achive our creative director’s goals and the love she delivers in every piece of MAZ. She believes that each garment has to be created with love and positivism in order for it to be successful.