When we started this project, it was extremely important to get our products from the source, because we want to give back as much as we can. At first, we started curating and sourcing from small, local stores but then realized that it would be a great idea to also work with nonprofit organizations who already have similar programs in motion. The non-profit we are affiliated with has programs that are helping directly the indigenous women who are making our beautiful products!
The biggest challenge that we personally face at the moment is wanting to be there with them while they are making the products. As you can imagine, these women are hand-weaving these products with ancestral techniques and we would love to be there in every step. We have not been able to yet, but we are sure that we will be able to be part of this process soon...we are working on it! While there are many challenges in undertaking a project like this, when you do things with love and perseverance, everything is possible.
Proudest moment so far?
Bringing Moccian to life and being present at every step. We love seeing how people relate to our brand and want to be part of this movement... We are very proud about that!
Do you have a dream project?
Our dream project is to one day have a Moccian Organization to keep helping and developing new projects with this communities in Latin America and the world.
Favorite artist(s) in any field, living or dead?
Juliana : I currently work at Gehry Partners , and the main reason why is because I admire Frank Gehry so much, he is a true artist and one of my greatest role models.
Sima: Jackson Pollock for sure, His natural art expression and spontaneous way of breaking patterns has always inspired me with my art.
What's the first thing you remember making?
Juliana: I was probably 12 the first thing I remember making something I really liked. It was a little painting of Frida Kahlo, I remember I saw a photo of her on a book and decided to replicated the photo, soon I realized how much I love free hand painting!
Sima: Back on my first modeling class I remember doing a bright structure with straws.The challenge was doing it without using any type of glue and it has to support three books! I was very happy when I made that happen.
You live in the vibrant city of LA! How does your environment impact your work?
LA is an amazing city! It is an incubator of ideas an perfect place to develop new projects. We are surrounded by amazing people from different fields everyday and this is really inspiring. It is also a great home for Moccian, because Angelenos are very diverse and open to new things.
What advice would you give to someone just starting out?
It's not easy, but if you put in the work... it's all possible. If you strive every day, and never forget that you are doing something that you are passionate everything is going to flow!
Juliana : Brunch with family and friends and Korean spa!
Sima: Be around nature with a tasty tea and a great book!
Welcome to the community, Moccian! Be sure to check out their beautiful collection of woven handbags here.