Maira Jimena


Maira Jimena is a pioneer in couture leather and a garment designer whose inspirations include “nature, the complex and the spontaneous”. Her work revives the essence of pure craftsmanship, balancing perfection with a sense of the undone.

Her garments were exposed at Saks Fifth Avenue in May 2012. She was singled out as an Emerging Designer at VESPOE in New York (2013)
 and was the winner of a scholarship in accessories at LF U.S.A Kathy Van Zeeland Bourse, New York (2011-2012). She was also a finalist in “Fur Innovation” at SagaFurs Company, New York (2010); recipient of an honorable mention in the Louis Vuitton Reconstruction Competition, New York (2010)
; and winner of a Dean’s Scholarship and BFA Scholarship at Parsons School of Design, New York (2009-2012).

Maira is now based in Paris but grew up in the Amazonian rainforest of Peru, whose influence is clear to see on her work. 

The clothing

Juxtaposing feminine silhouettes with original shapes, Maira offers a sophisticated yet unconventional line. At its core, the brand stands for artisanal savoir-faire, refinement and unique techniques in texture and prints.

Out of respect for the planet and for animal welfare, Maira chooses to work only with high-quality leather that is in line with environmental, hygienic and well-being standards and thus assures a long-lasting product. 

What she says 

“Growing up with all the nature around me, I constantly draw inspiration from what I felt – and it’s a lot of texture. There’s a combination of a literal interpretation of nature as we see it and my own interpretation. I try to combine technology with savoir-faire. All the fashion I make is trying to search for an equilibrium between what is hand-made and what is technology-made.” 

What we say

These creations are utterly unique – organic, rich in texture, captivating and tantalising, yet always grounded in reassuring earthiness. Expect great things from Maira Jimena, a rare and smouldering talent.

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