Hi, I’m Gina Rodriguez, fashion designer and with my husband Rodrigo Paredes we are the founders of Namacu. I was born in Palmira, Colombia and since I was a child I had a natural incline in artistic activities, such as music and painting. My biggest passion though was fashion design and in 2010 I graduated as a designer in Cali, Colombia! I met Rodrigo as a dental surgeon in 2009 and together in 2010 we created our first clothing brand in Peru. Despite our efforts in fashion design at the time, we both felt that we could be contributing more. Over time we have gone through various styles in the development of my collections and although we always wanted to work with natural fiber fabrics we saw this idea as something very far from happening. In 2015 we suspended all our activities and decided to re -evaluate our ideas and objectives.
In 2016 and living between Lima and Cusco, we started interacting with artisans that specialized in alpaca clothes. We discovered many things about their lives and reall y connected with them. We were inspired by their struggles due to the lack of resources and opportunities. Since then, we have surrounded ourselves with a talented group of artisans in our effort to grow our Namacu brand and bring more awareness to the value, not only of the Peruvian alpaca fiber, but also of the Peruvian traditional weaving techniques. In 2018, I won my first fashion design contest in Peru and since then my husband and I decided to launch our brand in the international market and to showca se the fusion of modern design with traditional weaving techniques.
We continue to invest in fair trade practices as well as to help and to train people that work with us for a brighter future together.