As we transition to our Mexico Collection, we asked our Lebanese artists to write a farewell note for our community with one last message: what is Lebanon to them and, if there was a single message they could share, what would it be?
My country has a very interesting relationship with death. My Mesoamerican ancestors saw it as part of life; existence did not end when the body died. There was an underworld separated by levels and each level corresponded to a certain kind of death. For example, if someone died by drowning, they went to Tlaloc’s place
Gabriela Ruiz was named Mexico’s best chef by the Mexican Gastronomical Council in January 2019. She is most known for her gift of synesthesia, in her case the rare ability to taste music. We sat down with her to learn more about her story.
Two summers ago, we tasted the smoothest tequila we had ever tasted, a caramel-colored libation so smooth you could hardly tell it was tequila. Fast-forward to 2018 and we’re three hours outside Guadalajara in Jesus y Maria in the distillery of El Pandillo. We’re sitting with Felipe Camarena, the tequila maestro himself.
You have to take advantage of what life gives you and continue your work. Don't get stuck in a place of sadness or brokenness. So long as we breathe, we are alive; and so long as we are alive, we will create, and we will share and we will smile.
As part of our vision to design shoes that reflect the culture of our featured country, we used one of our shoes as a blank canvas and gave the filmmakers the liberty to bring their own vision to life. "SOLANA... THE BIRTH" explores some of Lebanon's more unchartered territories.