We come from different spaces in the fashion industry and we all work together for a more transparent, fair, and sustainable fashion industry starting in Puerto Rico.
Auralis leads all of our circularity and manufacturing efforts. Entrepreneur, designer and sustainable fashion consultant with more than fifteen years of experience. She also, teaches Product Development, Circular Fashion, Apparel, Accessories and Sustainable Fashion at some of the top design schools in the country, like Parsons New School for Design, Fashion Institute of Technology and Baruch College. After moving full time to Puerto Rico in January of 2018 she also serves as director of product development at Blue Water Defense.
Daniel Santiago- Díaz
Daniel is our director of operations and business development, a seasoned sales executive by training he leads all of our outreach in this respect while in charge of the international collections export from Puerto Rico. Endorsed by an MBA in International Business, and an MA Certificate in Fashion Business Management from the Westminster University in England, Daniel splits his time between Boston and Puerto Rico.
Ruby is our community and communications manager, the link between designers and affiliates in the local and international fashion ecosystem. Besides being a jewelry designer, Ruby Dávila-Rendón is certified by a BBA in Business Administration with a specialty in Marketing and by a MBA in International Businesses. She is a specialist in marketing and strategic business planning in the fashion industry. Ruby is a constant traveler with Puerto Rico as her home base.
Yazmín Pérez (YAYI)
Yayi, is our production coordinator who calls herself a "Lost islander, world traveler and European at heart" who is very passionate about methods of construction, pattern making and tailoring. With design studies in Italy at Polimoda Firenze, Politecnico di Milano and New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she believes fashion manufacturing is possible again in Puerto Rico. Yayi recently moved back to Puerto Rico to amongst other things; support Retazo in reinforcing tailoring traditions and passing them on to younger generations of crafters.
Ellen Christine Colón-Lugo
Puerto Rico has always had a bridge from San Juan to Manhattan, Ellen is ours. With more than 20 years of experience as a designer of haute couture hats in the most fast paced fashion industry in the world, an educator and business owner, she brings it all to the table for a better Puerto Rico. A graduate from the School of Fashion Design in Boston, Ellen Christine Colón-Lugo is the Milliner's Guild President with a PHD in Costume History of the New York University. Ellen splits her time between Puerto Rico and the Big Apple.