Meet Paola Hernandez - the Designer Blending Fashion and Philosophy

By: Valeria Ramos

Paola Hernandez is a Mexican fashion designer responsible for creating a successful label that effortlessly blends philosophy and fashion. A fashion designer with a background in philosophy, Paola has established flagship stores in both Mexico City and New York, which continue to provide elegant and inspiring designs to lovers of fashion all around the world.

Paola and her designs have been featured in countless magazine articles and editorials, including Vogue, Elle and Harpar's Bazaar just to name a few. Needless to say I was thrilled to get the chance to interview the woman behind the label and discuss the inspiration behind her designs, her plans for 2017 and more. 

Paola Hernandez

How did you get started in design? Was it something you always wanted to do?
I started designing while I was studying philosophy. I had always had ideas of clothing and shoes but until then I started making those ideas real. 

When did you start your own label?
I launched my label in Mexico City 10 years ago, right after studying fashion at Central Saint Martins. After 4 years of working in Mexico City, I moved to NYC to establish my label in the states. 

How would you describe your label and the style of clothing you create?
My label is based on philosophical concepts that are translated as symbols throughout my design choices. The style is androgynous, comfortable, and elegant clothing for everyday. 


How has your background in philosophy translated to your work in design?
My background in philosophy is the base of my designs, I always start with the concept first. 

What is the best part of being a designer and a creator of your own label?
To transform reality. 

What are some challenges you have faced in created your brand and working in the fashion industry?
It requires hard work and a strong vision. 

Where do you draw inspiration from when it comes to your designs?
Books, art, my yoga practice.

Being that you are from Mexico, are there some aspects of the Mexican culture that you incorporate or draw inspiration from in terms of your design?
Yes, Mexican culture is mystical. I have that same approach of reality when I am designing. 

What advice would you give to someone pursuing a career as a designer or in the fashion industry in general?
To be confident and focused. 

What are some goals you have for your label in the upcoming year?
The main goal for 2017 is to grow the label online. 


Thank you to Paola for the interview, it was my pleasure. To see more of Paola's work and learn more about her label, check out