At the heart of the Mestiza New York brand, is the common bond shared by its two founders, Alessandra Perez-Rubio and Louisa Rechter. Not only do they share a rich Philippine-American cultural background, but also an interest in working not just for a profit, or to realize their individual dreams—but to help others realize theirs as well. With an interest in design and a desire to bring the unique flair and style of traditional Filipino fashion to a western market, Alessandra and Louisa created their very own fashion company. A socially conscious and caring team of entrepreneurs, they built into their business plan a charitable connection to the country, culture, and women who informed and inspired their design.
By developing a relationship with the Habi Philippine Textile Council, Mestiza’s founders created a mutually beneficial partnership that directly supports the female textile weavers, their work, and most importantly, the economies supporting their communities. In return for their financial investment and support, Mestiza gets direct access to the unique and handwoven fabrics produced. I believe that it is this type of win-win scenario upon which some of the best businesses are founded upon.
I’m proud to be a firm believer in Mestiza and companies who share their approach to business, and have supported their growth and socially conscious efforts by serving on their advisory board. In the tireless work of Alessandra and Louisa, I see two entrepreneurs who’re lifting while they climb—all while still realizing their respective dreams. Theirs is truly an inspiring story for any aspiring entrepreneur. Learn more about Mestiza New York here.