Our fascination with Latin artisans spreads from Mexico to Latin American and all the way down through South America. The variety of embroidery and weaving traditions is endless, yet somehow connected through all of these different countries and cultures. Carolina Kleinman, the designer behind Carolina K has become the physical embodiment of this cross-cultural exchange. Born in Argentina, Carolina now works with artisan communities in Peru and Mexico to create her intricately crafted and vintage inspired collections. Working closely with artisans in these countries she also ensures fair trade practices are always enforced.We recently caught up with Carolina, to hear about her latest travel ventures, read below.
How would you describe your personal style? Who, what or where is the inspiration behind your style?
My style is very eclectic. I can wear a Peruvian antique skirt to go to the supermarket or I can go out to a party in leather pants and a tee shirt. It all depends on my mood of the day. My inspirations are the artisans I work with, rock and roll and history.
How does travel influence your style?
Travel adds unlimited imagination and inspires my style and every collection. I change and mutate all the time. My taste is always open.
What city do you have an endless love affair with?
Can you share your top three favorite spots for eating, drinking, and shopping in Mexico City?
Rosetta is my favorate restaurant in Colonia Roma, Mexico City, Colima #166, Col. Roma
Mezcaleria Alipus in Condesa, Mexico City for a great mezcal
The artisanal markets, especially in Oaxaca for Guelaguetza and Chiapas.
What is your most desired passport stamp?
Best trip so far?
India and the sacred valley
Favorite form of transport?
Traveling without moving
Always in your suitcase?
My Rolling Stone Tee shirt and my ukulele.
Favorite hotel that you wouldn't mind staying in forever?
The Hotel California in Baja California, Mexico.
Most beloved souvenir?
My Ganesha amulet, I?ve had it since I was a teenager and it goes with me everywhere. Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles.
Favorite shop, market or souk?
Carolina K Collective in Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Souk or Department Store?
DIY or Concierge Service?
Buy Everything or Buy Nothing?
Everything that matters
Camping or 5-Star Hotel?
5 Star hotel or laying at the beach next to a fire with a blanket.
Drive or be Driven?
Room service or Street Food?
Room service is very helpful if you are working and alone, otherwise I love street food.
Lots of Luggage or Carry-on Bag?
Unfortunately lots of luggage for work!