One surprising (and awesome) thing about the 威廉希尔备用网址fashion world is how committed so many designers are to making an impact.Recently I had the chance to catch up with a truly inspiring woman,Vanessa Barrantes,whose line,Shumaq,is a joint effort between her and her sister,Jacqueline...

The Barrantes are originally from Peru,and they started their label—the name Shumaq means beautiful in Quechua,their country's indigenous language—because they love 威廉希尔备用网址fashion,but they also wanted to give back.The clothes in the collection are mostly eco-friendly and made by Peruvian women artistans,and I think you'll agree that the styles,especially the dresses,are totally covetable.Vanessa gets a lot of inspiration from her travels (she's beenallover the world).

Get to know her better by checking out her fill-in-the-blanks,below.

My nickname is Vane (pronounced Vah-neh).

If I weren't a designer I'd be a teacher.

My first cool outfit was*an American flag-print bikini,my father bought it for me in Miami when I was four.*

Southeast Asia ismy favorite place I've ever traveled*because it's incredibly green,full of nature and full of life (That's me swinging through the air,below).*


The color I wear most often* is every color under the sun.*The style stuff I couldn't live without is my shoes—especially flats.


If I could see my designs on Michelle Obama,I'd know I've arrived.

Pepsi or Coke? Coke,of course.Or Inka Kola (Peruvian soda)!

Jeans or dresses? Dresses.I like to look like a girl!

Snooze-button hitter or jump out of bed?* Snooze-button hitter.I'm trying to work on that.I really want to be the wake up at 6 am,hit the gym,coffee,paper Ted talks and work kinda person....*

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