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Macarena Toro, Chilean by origin, grew up in her native country where she studied fashion design in the capital, Santiago of Chile. Passionate since a young age, she made her first knitwear by the time she was only 10. After graduating, she left Chile for Europe where she decided to specialize in lingerie. For more than 20 years, she has been designing diverse collections for the retail sector. Macarena is a multidisciplinary and self-taught artist, she draws, paints and sews. In 2006, she rediscovered the joys of knitting by cleaning up an old manual knitting machine. Encouraged by her children, she began, in 2017, to market custom-made knitted sweaters made out of natural materials through word of mouth.
Her daughter Camille, has always been highly interested in the study of human behaviours and the constant evolution of contemporary society. She first obtained a bachelor degree in sociology and anthropology in Brussels, Belgium. She then left for Paris to do a Master’s Degree in Luxury Brand Management and push her interest further to focus on purchasing behaviours in the fashion industry. In addition to her studies, she has consistently cultivated a particular interest for art and fashion. After an experience in the Marketing team at L'Oréal, and with one of Belgium’s leading independent advertising agencies where she managed the section dedicated to fashion, she has now decided to follow her instinct and embark into the world of entrepreneurship. After witnessing the continued success of her mother’s handmade collections, Camille is convinced that fashion can be thought differently.
Camille and Macarena are determined to combine their skills to propose timeless pieces made out of natural and distinguished threads. Macarena's grandfather was a sheep farmer and wool producer in southern Chile in the 1950s. His business had gone bankrupt because of the arrival of synthetic materials on the market. So it is no coincidence that his granddaughter and great-granddaughter set out with the will to abolish these materials.
"de Lana" aspires to forge a link between you and items that have a soul, a story. Which one will be yours ?