Designer Turns Traditional Mexican Blankets Into Statement Coats

Designer Turns Traditional Mexican Blankets Into Statement Coats


Mikala Jones-Fielder: I’ve
never looked so cool in my life. Brenda Equihua: This is, like,
in the dictionary for drip. You know? Mikala: Oh yeah. Drip, and then you see me in this. Brenda: This is so saucy. (laughing) Narrator: This is Brenda Equihua. She creates statement coats from versions of San Marcos
cobijas, or blankets, that celebrities like Bad
Bunny and J Balvin love. It took months for Brenda to
create the perfect template to turn the blankets into
high-fashion street wear. San Marcos blankets are
intimate comfort items in Latinx homes that
often become heirlooms. Although the blankets are often made with loud colors and bold designs, they are subtle household fixtures that represent love and family, which explains why so many people were hesitant to cut the treasured item. Brenda: I was met with
a lot of resistance. A lot of people immediately when they saw what I wanted them to sew, they were like, “Uh-uh. I don’t wanna be involved.” Narrator: Brenda’s process
for creating the coats is simple but varies for each coat. Since Brenda designs around the blankets, each coat is unique. After strategically placing the templates, the blankets are cut into
various puzzle pieces and sewn together. She turns any fabric scraps into hats, scrunchies,
and even hoop earrings. Brenda’s inspiration for Equihua came from embracing her
identity as a Latinx woman. Brenda: I don’t think
that you can disconnect being a Latinx designer from being a Latinx person in general, because those experiences carry over in every part of your life. I was really questioning what
my value was as a designer. What is a classic, for example? A pair of jeans, a white tee? I created a list that was
“What is a classic to you?” All of my childhood references, things that I could relate to that maybe weren’t considered a classic in traditional American culture, but that were important because they were a
part of my own existence and my own identity and the
things that resonated with me. Narrator: Each of Brenda’s coats represents important
aspects of Mexican culture. This coat is inspired
by Los Tigres del Norte, a Mexican band known for
songs about Chicanx life. And this Virgen de Guadalupe coat represents the Catholic faith woven into many aspects
of Mexican culture. Brenda hopes that other designers of color create art that embraces
their experiences. Brenda: Take up space, and do it unapologetically. And make room for the
person coming after you. I feel like a goddess in this. I feel, like, strong and powerful.

56 Replies to “Designer Turns Traditional Mexican Blankets Into Statement Coats”

  1. It is obviously a blanket 😑😑
    Can wear it as pyjamas but a coat??😕😕 … it's exactly like putting your blanket on an wandering the streets … had actually known a poor crazy guy (mentally sick) who was doing it 😃😃😃😃 he was insane so 🤗🤗 … but you're supposed to be a designer 😒😒

  2. Make one with skulls, graves, liquor bottles, hemp/coca leaves, and women in bikinis carrying ak-47’s. That would be more accurate for Los Tigres Del Norte.

  3. I honestly though that was real tigers in the thumbnail 😆 I do oddly satisfying videos with kinetic sand!

  4. What makes it a "statement" coat? What statement are you trying to make? You're tackier than a Romanichel gypsy that just moved to India?

  5. Why does the media keep using the LatinX thing? Spanish has its own grammar rules, developed through centuries. Those grammar rules say that nouns are gendered. It is either laziness from English speaking media to approach Latino culture in its own terms, or in the worst case scenario, another episode of colonization, this time by imposing a Western, English speaking view over Latino culture.

  6. Wrong, I NEVER seen none of my Mexican friends owning these type of soft blankets.
    — it was MOSTLY IF NOT ALWAYS asian friends who owned these

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