Rebeca Mendoza showed signs to be a designer from an early on age. When I was little, I’d bring hand sketches of drawings of clothes and dresses and bring them to the supermarket, Mendoza says. When individuals were lining around pay, I’d pass them off to women and inform them that I possibly could make dresses for them. Growing up in an innovative family in Mexico Cityher mom can be an art historian, her grandmother a painter and sculptor, and her father a writershe was surrounded by inspiration and given freedom to experiment. It paid, as shes now the creative director at Mark Cross, Americas oldest luxury brand known for fine leather goods and ladylike purses.
Before joining Mark Cross in September 2021, Mendoza worked for most storied fashion labels. She were only available in womenswear at J. Mendel in 2003, then visited Proenza Schouler and Bibhu Mohapatra. She joined the Savile Row menswear brand Richard James being an accessories director in 2010, and 2 yrs later launched her very own accessories brand, Rye, which she shuttered when she joined Calvin Klein in 2015. Shes worked for a wide-ranging amount of brands, from the ultra-feminine J. Mendel to the height of sophisticated menswear at Richard James, so that it is practical that her very own personal style would pull from eclectic influences aswell. Armed, no pun intended, with a killer handbag collection and a watch for vintage pieces, Mendozas personal style is really as enviable because the bags she designs for Mark Cross.
I love to buy items that have a viewpoint, Mendoza says. I love wearing statement pieces. Personally i think like clothes and accessories offer you power plus they might help set you in the right mood. You are feeling more yourself, even, as soon as you get decked out using pieces. Her favorite labels include Raf Simons for Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, and Meryll Rogge. I purchased heavily into that collection. It had been an extremely exciting time and energy to be there, she says of Simonss time at Calvin Klein. He introduced several garments wrapped in plasticnotably a yellow fur coat from the fall 2017 collectionand Mendoza collected several. I believe Ill put them on forever, she says.
Plastic-wrapped slip dresses may not be on any set of timeless investment pieces, but Mendoza sees things differently. Clothing is too fun to hold back to use it, she says. Designers with an identifiable lookshe calls out Phoebe Philo at Cline being an examplealso have a stamina that attracts her, set up clothes are widely considered classic. Being an accessories designer, shes centered on that sort of longevity. I really like that relationship with accessories that folks have, she says. In accessories, it is possible to spend money on something and pass it down generations and I believe thats ultimately very sustainable.
For accessories, Mendoza has handbags from her grandmother that she treasures and always searches for a particular designer, Roberta di Camerino, at vintage stores in Europe. It had been a hot brand, she says. It is possible to identify the years by the look of the pieces. She also favors vintage Miu Miu bags and shoes, Helmut Lang accessories, and, needless to say, vintage Mark Cross. She had several bags in her collection before she was appointed creative director, but recently has been delving in to the archives. I simply recently reconnected with the final design director of Mark Cross before it temporarily closed in 1997, she says. I visited her at her home in Brooklyn and she showed me her incredible Mark Cross archives, which are perfect. Its just so nice to possess that little bit of the puzzle and find out about her brand and her heritage.
Another key little bit of Mark Crosss history are two glamorous artists and expatriates from the 1920s: Gerald and Sara Murphy. Gerald took over Mark Cross from his father in the 1930s. Before then, he and Sara were friends to F. Scott Fitzgerald (they’re widely thought to be the inspiration behind Fitzgeralds Tender May be the Night), Ernest Hemingway, and Pablo Picasso (who painted portraits of Sara). Their life in Paris and Antibes may be the subject of several books, including Mendozas North Star, Living Well Is the greatest Revenge, by Calvin Tomkins. [Sara] just carried herself in an exceedingly elegant way, but very casual, Mendoza says. She’d wear pearls a whole lot but put them on to the beach. She called it sunning her pearls. Picasso painted her with pearls draped down her back. Im utilizing a large amount of that history in the look of our bags. Theres plenty of icons in the business. I really believe in introducing them to younger generations and making them fun and interesting and providing them with more power, aswell.