Jaline Design meshes the unique artisanal traditions of regional Mexico with a vibrant bohemian aesthetic. We love the sophisticated yet simple silhouettes embellished with fringe and hand crafted details that embody the languid vibe of Mexico. Jacqueline Lopez is the design mastermind behind this chic collection, a product of her own experience working in high-end fashion and her love of vintage style and artisan textiles. We recently spoke with Jacqueline about the origins of her euro latin aesthetic and her globetrotting inspirations.
Jaline reflects a bold and adventurous spirit, a love for textiles and an eye for fine workmanship.
When did you start Jaline?
Jaline Design was created in Mexico City in 2013 and as of March 2014 based in New York City
Speak about your previous work experience.
I worked for thirteen years with fashion brands like Max Mara, Agnona and Faconnable, where I held positions in sales, visual merchandising, buyer and global merchandiser. This 360-degree experience prepared me to pursue my dream, a one stop shopping destination housing unique emerging designers from Latin America.
What are some of your endless inspirations?
Sourcing vintage has always been an inspiration, finding that one of kind piece. There are your top vintage spots but the ones I?ve happened upon by chance are usually where I find the best pieces. I?ve been known to take the tube in London and get off at a random stop just to see what is there and maybe discover something.
How does travel inspire your collection?
Travel inspires me from the minute I land, each destination offers a world to be discovered. The adventure of living and breathing a new culture fascinates me. I like to observe the locals to get inspired by their customs, way of dressing and lifestyle. I believe that whatever you create needs to have a story.
You work with artisans in Mexico, can you speak about this process?
Jaline introduces its own collection of clothing made using traditionally woven and vegetable-dyed textiles from Oaxaca. Inspired by the regions distinct flavor and relaxed way of life, I have created a versatile collection that will complement every woman?s wardrobe, no matter where they live.
Your collection continues to grow, what creative endeavors are on the horizon?
A continuous search for the next thing, new textiles and new patterns. I will know it when my heart skips a beat.
What city do you have an endless love affair with?
Can you share your favorite spots for eating, drinking, and shopping?
Contramar this is the place to lunch in Mexico City, the best seafood! Love the simple and unpretentious d?cor, Calle Durango #200, Cuauhtemoc, Roma, 06700 Ciudad de M?xico, D.F., Mexico
Quintonil for a modern Mexican dinner, Newton 55, Polanco, 11560 Federal District, Mexico
Romita Comedor located in the heart of the Colonia Roma, beautiful 1900?s building and spectacular interior! Av. ?lvaro Obreg?n 49, Cuauht?moc, Roma Norte, 06700 Ciudad de M?xico, D.F., Mexico
Jules Basement, a speakeasy with a twist, Julio Verne 93, Miguel Hidalgo, Zona Polanco, 11550 Ciudad de M?xico, D.F., Mexico
Limantour, love their cocktails especially in the original space in the Condesa, ?lvaro Obreg?n 106 Cuauht?moc, Roma Norte, Ciudad de M?xico, D.F., Mexico
Lagunilla Flea Market - A must every Sunday and my showroom!
What is your most desired passport stamp?
My upcoming trip to Nicaragua and in the future Japan and India are on my list.
Best trip so far?
Turkey, the Atlas Mountains in Morocco and Valle de Guadalupe
Favorite form of transport?
Always in your suitcase?
Something with fringe is a must and jewelry
Favorite hotel that you wouldn't mind staying in forever?
Most beloved souvenir?
All of my vintage collection
Ultimate escape fantasy?
Souk or Department Store?
DIY or Concierge Service?
Buy Everything or Buy Nothing?
Everything and really fast to assure that it is yours!
Camping or 5-Star Hotel?
I will say 5 Star, I may need a bit of pampering in the evening.
Drive or be Driven?
Room service or Street Food?
I love to eat where the locals eat.
Lots of Luggage or Carry-on Bag?
Lots of luggage as it always seems like I don?t pack enough