It’s hard to believe, but I have to say I have the perfect job. As an artist, traveler, and person who loves living life in all its colors, Abrazo Style is my dream come true. When people ask me how I became involved in “the clothing business”, I have to laugh. I find this question entertaining because, really, I am the kind of person who is more likely to wear hand-me-downs than today’s fashion, and because Abrazo is so much more than clothing. It is the people, the relationships, and the journey of creating beauty that “make” the company, whether it be a beautiful blouse or an educated, happy child.
I started Abrazo Style while living with my family in a small village outside the city of Oaxaca, Mexico. We moved there for a year abroad to study Spanish and to experience a different way of life. We had no idea our lives would be fundamentally changed through this experience. One year extended into two, two into three, and so on.
Each year arrived with a new excuse to stay on. In our forth year, I suddenly found myself at a crossroads in my career. At the same time, I met Martha. She was standing by the side of the road, looking for a ride. I picked her up and, well, the rest is history. Though the most culturally diverse and artistically rich state in Mexico, Oaxaca ranks as the second poorest in the country with an extreme poverty rate of 76%. Marta is part of that statistic. She is poor and struggles with her husband to provide for their family. Marta is motivated to create a better life, and with Latin Threads providing the opportunity, she has grown in skills, confidence and resources. She, and others like her are my inspiration.
Family by family, our goal is to encourage enterprise, empowering individuals to flourish independently and through their communities.