While planning her wedding in the magnificent gardens of Hacienda Tekit del Regil in Merida, Mexico, Galia (one of the two women who started the brand) found herself surrounded by tremendous beauty molded by an ancient culture. Haciendas dating back to the 17th century create a magical and unique combination of intricate French architecture and local Mayan design. Gaila was enchan- ted by these amazing structures set against lush tropical jungles, blossoming with native flora and fauna, as well as by the pink flamingo waters of the Celestun River and the fiery Quintana Roo sunsets. She now understands why the local citizens, yucatecos, go through life with smiles on their faces, even with the heavy rains that end almost as suddenly as they begin.
The dark earth tones and natural terra cotta pig- ments draw from Galia’s experiences with the Mayan culture, as playful fringes. In designing this collection, Galia and Keltse centered on solid masculine structures like chunky heels and platforms, not to mention the variety of laced oxfords and flats, but without losing a sleek and sexy feminine side—making an appearance in the vibrant colors, pointed toes, and curvy silhouette. Much like the hacien- das, the Fall/Winter 2012 collection creates a distinctively glorious combination of native and foreign elements, as well as of traditional and modern.