Born in Uruguay, Gabriela Hearst grew up on her family’s ranch surrounded by horses, cattle and sheep. Gabriela attended the British School in Montevideo and studied Communications at the O.R.T. University of Uruguay.
After more than a decade spent in design in New York, Gabriela honored her family’s heritage through the launch of her eponymous label in fall 2015, as well as taking over the operations of her father’s ranch in Uruguay.
Gabriela wanted to create a brand that reflects a slower pace and process – where things are made with care and detail, where tradition is more important than trend, where there is a purpose to every piece.
Gabriela is committed to creating a strong and modern collection without compromising her ethics and key values, taking into consideration where materials come from and who is making them. Luxury with a conscience or in other words, “honest luxury.”
Each garment is an item into which Gabriela can pour her desire – made with impeccable construction and uncompromising, noble materials. Together, they tell a story of the places she loves that made her who she is: Uruguay and New York. Combining the utilitarian and the beautiful, she wanted to design long-lasting garments that hold memories for the woman who wears them. She is a real woman, alluring and powerful, but there is much action in her life and these clothes are her uniform, her armor.
In December 2020, Hearst was named Chloe’s new creative director, succeeding Natacha Ramsay-Levi . Her first show for Chloe was in March and she has remained the creative director of her namesake label.
Gabriela is the 2020 winner of the American Womenswear Designer of the Year at the CFDA Fashion Awards. She is the winner of the 2016-17 International Woolmark Prize for Womenswear and the 2018 recipient of the Pratt Institute Fashion Visionary Award.
She joined the Board in September 2018 and serves on the Marketing, Communications & Development and Program Quality Committees.
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