Paola Hernández

American fashion designer, born in Mexico City. Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

Paola Hernández is a NYC-based fashion designer, born in Mexico City. Her brand is focused on the expansion of consciousness and the importance of sustainability. Hernández tends to choose natural, biodegradable materials, and her pieces are usually made out of one single component—  which is easier to recycle, such as merino wool, cotton or silk. Quality is very important to create pieces that can last a lifetime or can even be passed on to future generations. Everything is designed in NYC and produced locally in the U.S, either in NYC or LA. 

Hernández’s main sources of inspiration are yoga, meditation, books, dance, and visual art. Prior to her career in fashion, Paola studied philosophy at Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, followed by fashion at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. Each season, she creates a collection based on a specific concept which guides the choices of colors, materials, and artwork. In general, Paola Hernández likes collaborating with contemporary artists to create specific patterns with original artwork for each collection.

“Fashion is the manifestation of collective consciousness in everyday life, always moving forward,” says Paola. "A garment is constantly evolving even after the design process is finished. The styling choices of the person wearing it give each piece a different interpretation each time."

This past year, as Hernández became a mother, a source of life, she started shedding everything that was unneeded in her life and nurturing everything that would help her grow and remain centered. As part of this process, as a fashion designer with ten years of experience, Hernández decided to focus on knitwear only. It has always been her favorite category to design, where she can translate her concepts and stories with clarity. This way she can go deep, creating unique sweaters, ponchos, cardigans, and other knits.

Throughout her career, Paola Hernández has presented her collections in New York, London, Paris, Reykjavik, Bogota, and Mexico City.

Photo by Jon Brown

Photo by Jon Brown

Passage of Light

The 2018 collection, titled “Passage of Light,” derives from the transition into motherhood.

Paola Hernández experienced motherhood as a rite of passage while designing this collection. She collaborated with her husband, Michael Kagan, to create a special print for this collection. The print is based off of one of his paintings titled Summit, 2017

The clothes are made in New York City and in Los Angeles.

Mindy Lai wearing Paola Hernández | Makeup by Regan Rabanal | Hair by Daniela Schult | Photo by Frank Apollonio

Mindy Lai wearing Paola Hernández | Makeup by Regan Rabanal | Hair by Daniela Schult | Photo by Frank Apollonio