Descalza is a handcrafted latino-inspired clothing line created with fair trade artisanal fabric from Latin America. This line blends modern fashion with traditional fabric that is cherished by the immigrants in the United States who want to hold on to their culture.
I'm Lisbeth Carolina Arias, the Founder and Creative Director of Descalza.
The story of Descalza began when I was two years old. My mother brought me to the United States from El Salvador. As I grew up in these two different worlds, I started to realize that being an immigrant wasn't unique: America is a nation of immigrants. America is an intricate, beautiful tapestry, and we all have to find a way to hold on to our heritage and bring it with us.
Descalza is a way of doing that: These skirts, ties, and neck scarves are for people who want to remember where they came from. I named this clothing line ‘Descalza’, because it means ‘Barefoot’ in Spanish, and serves as a reminder of where we come from, and the people who are still at home. These fabrics are made by artisans whose work, proper pay, and safety are our first priority.
This clothing line is for everyone who is proud of their heritage. Whether you’re an immigrant, a friend of immigrants, or someone who enjoys remembering the culture passed down through a journey that so many people have taken, this clothing line is for you.
The Descalza collection is made up of four separate items: The Pleated Chapinas skirt, the Dama Skirt, the Vivo Men's Tie, and the Acento Neck Scarf.
The Pleated Chapinas
The Pleated Chapinas is the fun, flexible skirt with an accentuated waistband that makes the smallest part of you pop! You can wear it to work, to meet up with friends, or dress it with a nice top, heels, lipstick, and you’re ready for the night. And, it comes with pockets!
The Dama Skirt
The Dama Skirt is a comfortable, full woven, flared skirt. The simple silhouette and the intricate woven pattern make the perfect pair for you to look classy and stylish. Wear it for fun work events or a casual walk through downtown. The Dama skirt also has pockets.
The Vivo Men's Tie
The Vivo Men's Tie is bright, vibrant, and suave: perfect for the young professional at a stylish party, or after work Happy Hour.
The Acento Neck Scarf
The Acento Neck Scarf is the finishing touch to any look. Wrap it around your neck, knot it twice, fluff the bow, and you’re ready for the day. It gets too hot? Take it off and wrap it around your wrist. Now, you have a colorful woven bracelet.
Both skirts come with pockets and in a wide range of sizes for women of every shape. I know how important this is, because I learned fashion design in a variety of different cultures and countries. I have seen how confident women are when fashion fits like it should.
Because this fabric is handcrafted and unique in it’s construction, we’ve included a set of special instructions along with each product for washing so that the colors and threads stay strong and vibrant.
I want to sincerely thank you for believing in my vision and letting me share my story. Check out our rewards below:
The Descalza Photo book, El Comienzo, is a collection of photographs and stills taken during the team's trip to El Salvador. International award-winning Director Nicholas Sailer and Cinematographer Ibrahim Zafar, along with our Producer Kevin Miller, went with Lisbeth to El Salvador for seven days to capture the beauty of this country.
With El Comienzo, you'll be able to take home behind-the-scenes photographs, not seen in the Kickstarter, as well as unique portraits of the Descalza clothing line.
Once we begin production on the skirts, we’ll get in touch with you for sizing. We’ll provide you with a video and instructions about how to give us the correct measurements so that your skirts fit you perfectly!
Lisbeth Carolina Arias - Founder & Creative Director - Born in El Salvador, studied Fashion & Textile Design at NC State College of Textiles in Raleigh. Worked in Fashion studios such as Vera Wang, ValentinNicole, and Piece & Co. in New York City & Amo Romeo in Italy. Returned back to Raleigh, NC to start Descalza.
Kevin Miller - Producer - Born in Houston, Texas, Kevin is passionate about helping his friends start businesses. He has started three companies and once walked across Cuba. One of Lisbeth's biggest fans!
Nicholas Sailer - Video (Writer/Director) & Kickstarter Consultant - Passionate about bringing stories to life. International award-winning writer/director. Founder and Art Director at Praxis, Story/Design/Strategy Agency. www.praxis-story.com.
Ibrahim Zafar - Video (Director of Photography) - Traveling the world, making films. Filmmaker/Cinematographer based out of Washington, DC. www.ibrahimzafar.com
I know there are people out there like me: People who want to hold onto their heritage, celebrate what it means to be an immigrant and an American, and remember all of the people who are still at home. If you believe in this, share this project on Facebook or Twitter, and help us spread the word.
Writer/Director - Nicholas Sailer
Director of Photographer/Camera - Ibrahim Zafar
Producer - Kevin Miller
Drivers - Alex Hernandez, Carlos Garcia
Mom - Adelia Arias
Dad - Jose Dominguez
Grandma - Santos Orellana
Aunt - Transito Dominguez
Cousins - Douglas Escalante, Fernando Escalante, Javier Escalante, Teresa Serrano, Iris Serrano, Karina Serrano
Locations provided by:
Angela Salamanca of Gallo Pelon & Centro Mexican Restaurant, Raleigh NC
Cristina Pineda & Alvaro Orellana of Diconte Axul, Ataco El Salvador
Josh Gagne of Haymaker, Raleigh NC
Dr. Cynthia Istook of NCSU College of Textiles, Raleigh NC
Party Models: Marisol Rangel, Diana Alcaraz, Fernanda Guevara, Avi Gomez, Liliana Galvan, Lucero Galvan, Nada Elhertani, Ayanis Lindo, Irene Godinez, Laura Saleeby, Erin Roberts, Theresa Michelle Flores, Rebecca Stubbs, Samantha Peart, Khadija Khan, Lucas Torres, Travis Stump, John Legg, John Chavez, Mucahit Agirtmis, Moss Atogi, Ahmed Farawi, Luis Molina, Michael Osei.
Artisans: Don Chepe
NC State College of Textiles: Dr. Kate Annett-Hitchcock, Kent Hester
Risks and challenges
We’ve worked really hard to bring together everything necessary for this line, and we’ve prepared as much as we can without going into production. We’ve confirmed our working relationship with the artisans who produce the fabric for the skirts, ties, and scarves. We’ve confirmed our working relationship with the sewing cooperative, Opportunity Threads, and they’ve agreed to produce this line. We’ve also confirmed our working relationship with Brown & Church Neckwear, a necktie manufacturer in North Carolina, and are ready to start production on these products once the orders are confirmed.
We’ve calculated all the shipping costs and fees in advance, so we know what to expect and are prepared to source fabric from the artisans in Latin America, produce the products in North Carolina, and then ship them to you.
So, while every big project has challenges, we’re ready and prepared to take on all of the challenges associated with this production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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