DESIGNER NAME: HAZEL GONZALEZ
COUNTRY: COSTA RICA
BACKGROUND: The design accompanied Hazel from childhood, her first customers were the barbies, her grandmother neglected as a veil covering the head in church, so she applied scissors and made them clothes and necklaces. She never learned sewing, but she designed their costumes and paid a seamstress for do it . When Hazel finished school was very clear that she wanted to study fashion design, but at that time there wasn’t universities of Design, so her career path took other paths. Her design has always had its own seal and is the great gift she has received to create nature-inspired jewelry, without needing to see or copy other designs. Hazel’s work is inspired by the beautiful nature of Costa Rica, Manzanillo has a collection named in honor of a beautiful beach located in the Caribbean, another is Guayabo, in honor of Guayabo National Monument and Monteverde, for Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
In 2012 she won the competition for Emerging Jewelry Designers competing proposals from around the world. As it was selected as one of three finalists along with a designer from California and Saudi Arabia. In August, the jury chose her as the winner and was credited as the Official Designer Jewelry Las Vegas Fashion Week 2013. In the same year Hazel was nominated for the Woman and Business of the Chamber of Commerce of Costa Rica prize. For Hazel, the most important thing is to create a legacy so she accepts every magazine, newspaper, television and radio, to be an inspiration for people to believe in their dreams and fight for them. Her favorite slogan is “I let me to dream, live, believe, thanks and get ready to receive blessings every day”
THE COLLECTION: “SS16 is Chirripó, inspired by Nature. Chirripó is a National Park in Costa Rica with many types of vegetation”
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