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Meet Marykate Macdonald and Griselda Duran of BlancoMaj

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marykate Macdonald and Griselda Duran.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Marykate and Griselda. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Griselda and I went to Framingham State University. I was a fashion major and she was an art major. We ended up being in the same collaging class where we began talking. About collaborating our work. I started sewing pieces and she would add her work. Then we just started experimenting with our work and we liked where it was going. Now we are almost two years into Blancomaj and we will go from a whole garment being painted to just the pocket being painted. It’s a lot of fun to see what we come up with.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We feel that not every road is going to be smooth when in a business. But in the same sense, we try to be as positive and optimistic in situations. We have had points where we ask ourselves what are we doing but at the end of the day, we can’t imagine ourselves doing anything else. Times where it gets tough we both really help each other through whatever it may be. We say we are more sisters than business partners.

BlancoMaj – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Blanco paints. Maj sews. We create custom one of one garment. Our clothing is much more than just clothing. Our clothing is art. Our clothing is our love. We live in a world where we are taught to hate; not only others but ourselves. People are not living for themselves. Some don’t dream. Their minds get trapped into being chained and their eyes lose sight of their hearts desires and fantasies. The only way to beat this monstrosity is by love. It’s by being kind, sharing ideas, art, music, culture, beauty, happiness, knowledge and wealth. By making one’s dreams come true it inspires another and gives them power to become their own superhero. We want our clothing to empower the individual who wears them. We consider our clothing armor for the faceless war we are up against. Dream with us.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
In August of 2016, we found out we were going to be meeting with designer David Josef. Griselda was touring Europe and I went to the meeting. We had created several garments to bring to him. I walked into Davids studio and felt nothing but love. I had never had anyone talk about my work nor the work me and Griselda created like he did. He said you are the real deal and our talent needed to be seen. Hearing those words was a dream. We knew we needed to just keep working and really find out what we wanted to be designing. Europe had greatly influenced Griselda’s work and her pieces showed for it, We both just kept creating and another door opened.

In December Raw Boston had contacted us to take part in their show. It was such a magical moment for us. To see people cheering for our clothing was something we had never felt before. We knew we had to keep going. Yet another door opened. David contacted us shortly after and asked us to be apart of Fashion to the Rescue. We knew this show was going to be one the biggest shows we had ever done. The tiger kimono was created for the show and it received nothing but love. This show led us to Yolanda Cellucci. We were on her show that summer. We had created a whole new collection to show and it appeared on Yolanda Style and Glamour. Being on Yolanda’s show was such a magical experience and really showed us that designing was exactly what we love doing.

We had our first pop up shop shortly after that with Trade pop up in Providence RI. We were able to take the space they provided and make it whatever we wanted it to be. The pop-up shop really helped us see ourselves as designers and artists. We recently were apart of Faith in Fashion with David Josef to raise money and awareness for the Roxbury Presbyterian Church’s Cory Johnson Trauma Education Program. It was such a beautiful night of fashion and love. We are grateful and proud of ourselves for what we have accomplished in such little time. We will keep striving to exceed expectations while continuing to grow and love.

Contact Info:

  • Website: BlancoMaj.net
  • Phone: 9789872871
  • Email: blancomaj@gmail.com
  • Instagram: BlancoMaj
  • Facebook: BlancoMaj


Image Credit:
Iggy Barskov

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