Gabriela Hearst is a New York-based womenswear designer who launched her sustainable, eponymous label in 2015, and made headlines with the Nina Bag, launched in 2016, that counts with an extensive wait list.
Having launched her first label, a contemporary women’s line called Candela in 2004, Hearst’s focus turned to sustainability for her second ready-to-wear line, which incorporates already existing materials and unused stock from factories.
“We have integrity in how we make our things, check who makes them and where they come from,” Hearst told Matchesfashion.com. “We make sure that, for our woman, things are made in the best environment, in the best possible way and that those core values are placed to the fore.”
Gabriela Hearst’s emphasis on sustainability results in a limited product offering, with demand far exceeding supply.
Awarded the Woolmark Prize for Womenswear in 2016, Hearst’s appreciation for wool comes naturally: she is a sixth generation producer who inherited her family’s ranch in Uruguay in 2011.
Upon being awarded the prize, Dame Natalie Massenet said of Hearst: “She did a very good job of showing high-low, from evening gowns through to trench coats and pant suits and we feel that she will have an enormous future and will be great spokesperson for wool.”
In 2017 Hearst designed a sweater in support of Planned Parenthood, with a goal of raising $50,000 for the organisation. Hearst was nominated for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in 2017. She was nominated in 2017 for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent and in March 2018 received a nomination for the CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year. Hearst is also the 2018 recipient of the Pratt Institute Fashion Visionary Award.