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.
Beyond its colorful interiors and exteriors, vibrant entertainment lineup and authentic Mexican cuisine, Pilo’s aims to be the largest employer of individuals with special abilities.
Whether you’re a novice art aficionado, a seasoned collector or something in between, we’ve gathered some emerging Miami artists that you should consider adding to your collection. Some you may have heard of, some you will discover here first, but all have one thing in common: They’re on the verge of greatness and thrilled to share their passion with the world.