We are becoming principled citizens of a global community, inextricably and beautifully woven together. VOZ envisions a world where highly-skilled artisans worldwide are able to earn a sustainable living through their rich ancestral traditions. We are committed to creating beautiful designs, illuminating our human connections, and using innovation to empower women worldwide.
VOZ is where handmade luxury meets social change. VOZ, meaning “voice” in Spanish, translates rich indigenous craft into contemporary styles, creating change through beauty. Through collaborative design education and innovation workshops, VOZ empowers Mapuche weavers in Southern Chile, literally offering a new voice for their exquisite art form.
We believe that true luxury is more than just a brand name. The rare luxury of time is woven into each one of VOZ’ hand-made pieces, celebrating centuries of artistic indigenous traditions. Our lush natural fibers are of unparalleled quality, sourced locally and dyed naturally for minimal environmental impact.
VOZ designs emerge from lively creative dialogue between international fashion designers and textile artisans. Through collaborative workshops modeled after the Stanford d.school, artisans and designers work together to envision, prototype, and finalize designs for VOZ collections.
“This project is marvelous,” says Irma Lincoqueo, textile artisan and designer of the Poncho Alerce, “because one can see that a culture as old as ours can play and innovate without leaving the limits of culture.”
VOZ partners with artisans in creative dialogue, meaningful returns, and professional development. Workshops take artisans to new creative frontiers, and provide training in contemporary design and business. As one artisan, Pascuala, puts it, “before, we never thought we had abilities that we were able to share, or that we could create something from our own minds.”
For designs included in VOZ’ collections, artisans receive name credit and earn meaningful royalties for every garment sold.
VOZ works to empower women and their communities financially, creatively, and professionally.