A lifelong global wanderer, designer Miguelina Gambaccini has a deep respect for the world and all of its people. Equality, sustainability, and cultural traditions are woven into the fabric of the Miguelina global community — and have been since the namesake label launched in 1998.
In terms of sustainability, Miguelina creates classic pieces that are meant to be worn for a lifetime rather than for one or two seasons. Buy less, wear longer. Miguelina also uses natural fibers that are locally sourced whenever possible.
Miguelina’s collaborations with women’s collectives around the world are helping to improve the lives of artisans and to preserve weaving traditions by making these traditions more economically viable.
Miguelina’s mindful mission has been the same for over 20 years. Join us for the journey.
Miguelina is working with skilled women artisans in the coastal regions of northern Brazil to create filet lace — a hand-crocheted textile made by using centuries-old weaving traditions. Miguelina’s filet lace shawls and tops are airy, folkloric, and one of a kind.
Brazilian Filet Lace
This traditional textile art form has been practiced in Brazil for generations, mostly by fisherman’s wives and often passed down from mother to daughter. To create filet lace for Miguelina, artisans begin with nets similar to the ones used for fishing. Upon this ‘canvas’, the women then crochet and knot pure cotton into ornate shapes and patterns.
The Sekai shawl is handwoven by a small, women-owned cooperative in the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia. The women work with handmade looms and use locally sourced natural fibers. This farm-to-loom process not only empowers local artisans but the nearby farmers as well.
Papua New Guinea
The centuries-old craft of bilum weaving is at the heart of Papua New Guinean traditions. Miguelina works with women in Papua New Guinea who loop, knotless net, and crochet plant-based strings into one-of-a-kind creations such as the Ashanti bilum bag.This symbiotic partnership allows the women to control their lives economically and helps ensure the bilum-weaving tradition is passed along to future generations.
The cold climate of the Kenyan Highlands has inspired a tradition of woolwork that’s been passed down through generations. Each day, a small group of women gather in Nyahururu to spin, dye, and weave pieces such as our sumptuous Onyeka shawl entirely by hand. Like generations before them, the women use locally sourced wool and cotton.
Protecting Our Oceans
Oceana capsule collection: Miguelina’s Tulum travels inspired her to create a collection benefitting Oceana, the world’s top organization dedicated to protecting the oceans. The campaign was shot on Oahu by renowned underwater photographer Jeff Hornbaker and launched on Net-A-Porter in 2015. The collection featured Miguelina's signature lace cover-ups and shorts. Ten percent of proceeds went to Oceana.