What started as a class project soon became an entrepreneurial obsession with storefronts in Santiago, Chile, and Santa Cruz, Bolivia, with plans to land in The Design District. The half-Brazilian, half-Bolivian Liliana Aguilera also had a subversive idea that would appeal to Marxists and Capitalists alike; she’d boost her bottom line while maintaining a socially responsible supply chain. Varelli’s designs are shaped from leather and metals crafted by former victims of domestic violence at La Casa De Mujer’s job skills center. The Capim Dorado line was inspired and supports indigenous Brazilians who make light, woven adornments from sustainable textiles. Neither group ever imagined their work would end up on the hand of Latin Pop Star Belinda or decorating the napes of the Real Housewives Of Miami. Aguilera’s use of crystalline colors and plunging necklaces align with current trends, but she also styles ready-to-wear classics; VarelliDesigns.com.
Bringing new meaning to “must-have,” the pandemic has ushered in a new trend — blinged out face masks, cloth coverings, PPE, shields, neck gaiters, bandanas — whatever you decided to wear, these unexpected fashion accessories can literally save lives.
Brickell City Centre has become a destination in its own regard. Swire Properties has developed a place where the community wants to be, hang out, and enjoy their time with loved ones while shopping at some of the world’s top retailers in a vibrant destination in the heart of Downtown Miami that’s second to none.