PEBBLE: GEORGIA WILSON POWELL ◘ November 2017
11 reasons to make your green heart sing this January
Trust us, these Mexican embroidered jackets are so 2018. But these are the real deal. Collectivo uses second hand denim and works with artisan weavers in Mexico who create the traditional patterns over six months. Each one is unique and is worn in during the weaving process. Talk about upcycling…
LUXE : ELIZABETH HUEBSCH ◘ November 2017
Behind This Online Shop Highlighting Mexican Culture
Each item you select for your residence has a story to tell, and Jessica Helgerson is hoping to be part of that narrative with her home goods and accessories company, Collectivo.
Founded by the Portland-based designer and two friends in 2015, Collectivo helps Mexican artisans share their products and crafts with U.S. consumers. What began as a passion project has now developed into a full-fledged brand, with a new site that launched last month.
WJS : MARTIN RAMIN ◘ November 2017
A Handmade Animalito
They may not be from the North Pole (or Russia—see "Dasher, Not Dancer"), but these 12-inch reindeer can haul plenty of holiday spirit. The women of Mexico’s San Juan Chamula use scraps of wool leftover from making pillows and bags to hand-stitch together “animalitos.” The remote mountain village is known for raising sheep for textiles, and for the furry wool skirts and pants the indigenous people wear. Collectivo, a group of Portland women, imports the fuzzy figurines. $42, ourcollectivo.com
MAKING : ASHLEY YOUSLING ◘ February 2018
No. 2 / COLOR - Connecting with Mexico through handcrafted beauty, with Collectivo
Collectivo began as an idea in 2016 and was founded by Vail Fletcher, a professor of gender and environmental studies with a fascination for the handmade, Jessica Helgerson, an interior designer with a deep affection for Mexico, and Cristina Niculescu, a travel-loving Spanish professor. Collectivo collects beautiful handmade goods straight from the source, with these three women traveling to remote indigenous villages to meet the makers and learn about the age-old traditions behind each craft and document the hours, weeks or even months that go into making a single piece.