Bergdorf Goodman showcased Gabriela Hearst's work in collaboration with manos del uruguay — Uruguay Wools

Bergdorf Goodman showcased Gabriela Hearst’s work in collaboration with manos del uruguay

The iconic New York City store hosted the exhibition of the two brands’ handcrafted work on the occasion of its “Magic in the making” theme.

On the occasion of its Christmas theme “Magic in the making” the renowned New York City store, Bergdorf Goodman, organized with the famed and award-winning Uruguayan designer, Gabriela Hearst, a showcase of the artisanal work of the Manos del Uruguay brand and its fair-trade hand knitting process.

Craftswomen Gabriela Cabrera -president of Manos del Uruguay and artisan of the Egaña cooperative- and Mabel Bargas -weaver of the Paysandú cooperative- were invited to weave in a selected space in the store, displaying the skill and quality that distinguishes the Uruguayan company’s hand-weaving. They both hand-knitted some of the garments that make up Gabriela Hearst’s current collection. Ambas tejieron a mano algunas de las prendas que componen la actual colección de Gabriela Hearst.

«I have been working with Manos del Uruguay for over a decade and I have to say that working with such an impressive and admirable organization, which not only empowers women in my country, but also creates beautiful products, is one of the professional achievements I am most proud of. I also want to say that craftsmanship is such an important skill to protect and keep fostering. So, I’d like to thank Manos del Uruguay for their persistence and perseverance in such an incredible organization», said Gabriela Hearst.

Meanwhile, Bergdorf Goodman’s head of retail, Yumi Shin, expressed her pleasure at partnering with the Uruguayan designer and the artisans of Manos del Uruguay, whom she described as “brilliant”. «This work reflected our shared belief in the importance of conscious and sustainable luxury», she said. Manos del Uruguay was founded in 1968 with the mission of providing women in Uruguay’s rural communities economic independence through the use of traditional ancestral skills. It may take several days to produce the knitted garments that Manos del Uruguay creates.