As I write this post, life outside s full of Corona Virus and uncertainty. Practically everything is paralyzed, although life goes on anyway and we need to keep movving forward as good as we can. That’s why I propose a trip to the past; to a place and time when we couldn’t even imagine that this worldwide madness would explode.
It is the year 2017 and I was enjoying my nomadic life, always accompanied by Dalua (who is almost like a daughter!). At that time I was living between California, Mexico and Spain. As I am one of those who travels slowly and likes to enjoy life in other cultures, I settled for a while in San Cristobal de las Casas; a magical town in southern Mexico. Here, time goes by quietly. Creativity comes out of the colors the town and the streets transported me back to my childhood.
There I rented a house (which reminded me a lot of my grandmother’s house) and a workshop that I shared with Francy (@ainhoabyfs) and Adriana (@cuchi_mex), two beautiful and creative Venezuelan women. I loved being there. A big and old house shared also with Enrique (@enrique.farrera) who does Jujitsu and Karina (@karinaqlopezbjj) who practices boxing.
In those Mexican lands, Dalua and I grew up in many ways. I started to create the website, I improved my social networks; and people from all over the world started to come to the workshop to take pictures and try on the clothes. It was a time of experimentation and enjoyment on a personal and professional level. Along with Guatemala, they’ve been the two places that have inspired me the most; both for their colorful life and for the people I met.
A tribute to San Cristobal de las Casas
This video was made by Daniel (@unweydelentes) with so much love for Dalua. In it I explain a little bit about what it’s all about: merging textiles, linking historical garments with current ones and betting on sustainability. At that time I was starting to shape my personal brand; to have more present my values and to know the pillars on which to base myself.
It was in San Cristobal de las Casas that Dalua finally took shape.
Dalua is committed to freedom, creativity, multiculturalism and sustainability. To be able to carry out all this in a respectable way, you need a lot of responsibility with yourself and with the environment. To develop new ways of thinking and living, to finally be able to make your mind and soul flexible, to open them up to the world.
Many experiences lived outside my comfort zone are helping me a lot to face this uncertain stage called Corona Virus. Travelling around the world alone, integrating into different families and cultures; as well as getting into unknown situations makes you accept uncertainty from calm and love.
That’s why I encourage you, when all this is over, to take a leap into the unknown (another one); because that’s where you will find the essence of life and ultimately your own.
In the following posts I will show you more parts of Dalua and me so you can get to know us a bit better. If you want to know more about this adventure called life, just write me or leave a comment.
Finally I decide to write you here, to form a blog that can help me show you everything about Dalua, my own sustainable brand. In case you still don’t know who I am (my name is Blanca Carbonell, by the way) and what Dalua Reluce is, I leave you some words that I hope will clarify the way of life that I promote with the brand.
It’s been a few years now that I’ve been walking with Dalua from one country to another, with my backpack on my back and with which I’ve grown a lot in different ways. Adventures, crossbreeding, sustainability and conscious people are key to the brand’s philosophy. That’s why I’ve chosen this photograph that takes us to Lake Atitlán in Guatemala, a very important part of this whole story.
Dalua was born from the need to give shape to creativity, reuse clothes, reinvent them, give a bit of color and freshness to Denim garments. It is a path that never ends since the inspiration comes from many places when you are on the move and the need to recover already worn garments is increasing for a more balanced world.
Guatemala, Mexico, USA and Spain have been the biggest “culprits” of all this and I say it with total gratitude to the experiences lived and the organic transformation that the brand has had… that I have had, because to talk about Dalua Reluce is to talk about me. Since I was a little girl, fusion, recycling and the exploration of my being and my environment have been key elements in leading a life in my own way.
A Sustainable brand
The main material used in Dalua’s reused garments is the famous denim, a historical and current garment that also occupies a safe place in our wardrobe. To give it a more personal and colorful touch these garments are merged and guarded with traditional textiles from the countries already mentioned. Countries where I have lived and experienced life. The cultural and artistic value of these textiles (which are also reused) of such importance in the history of mankind is inconceivable. Textiles that are gradually disappearing and require care and protection by those who appreciate them.
Dalua garments have a lot of history behind them, to which we give a second life so that they can travel around the world. A clear example of sustainable fashion, upcycling and reuse of materials. Each garment is unique and original. And they can be as personalized as you want.
Would you like to open your eyes to new adventures? If so, I’ll be waiting for you here. I’d love to meet you and find out which places have opened your mind.
See you next time.