Sharing some sad and wonderful news.

 Dear friends, I trust you are well.  My apologies in advance for the longer than usual letter but this message is most important and I hope that you will take the time to read it. A few hours before I was scheduled to leave to China for a press event at Strasburgo in Beijing and Shanghai that had been in preparation for months, I received the sad news that Oscar de la Renta had passed away. The sadness was deepened by the realization that I would not be able to be in New York for the funeral.  It is my belief that when someone passes they return to pure, positive light but it is still sad for those left behind. 
 
I am so honored and grateful that I knew Oscar and had the opportunity to collaborate with him at his own label and at Balmain Haute Couture.  The experience was priceless. I learned so much that I will always carry with me and it all informs my work and my life. Perhaps even more important I learned from him that one should always be a gentleman, kind and acknowledge everyone as a fellow human being.  As a boy and as a man I looked up to him, he was and always will be our Dominican Treasure. He shared his light with the world and we all carry a bit of that light within us. As I read all the comments about Oscar from our industry my sadness began to subside and my heart filled with joy at the realization that he was so loved and admired by everyone who encountered him.  What a beautiful legacy.
 
Ironically another collaboration that had been in the works for a year was scheduled to launch the day after he passed- An exhibition of my limited edition- archival reissued belts that were first shown on Oscar’s Fall 2000 runway.  They were to be exhibited and sold on the wonderful new site Dara Artisans.  Anyone that knows me well knows that I only work with people that I respect and trust. The team at Dara confirmed their values by deciding to postpone the launch out of respect for Oscar’s passing. The exhibition is now live. Please see below this letter for the links and information.
 
When I was accepted into the CFDA 10 years ago I received the call that I was  new member, soon after I received call from one of my brothers informing me that our dad had passed away.  This was a similar experience exactly ten years later as wonderful events are developing in my life I received the sad news of another prominent male figure in my life passing. 
 
And so we move forward, we celebrate those we have lost and we carry a bit of their light within us. Live, love and spread joy…
 
Blessings,
Simon
 
Please take some time to explore the news below about Dara Artisans, the art show SOFA in Chicago, Creative Collective Col-LAB Project 7 and some images from the press event in China. 

The exhibition of Simon Alantara's limited edition archival reissued belts now live. Read the Profile: Material Evidence for the Journal by Julia Sweeney Dara Artisans promotes cultural curiosity and a sense of discovery by offering a sophisticated edit of handmade artisan crafts to an audience seeking authentic, responsibly sourced designs with a modern aesthetic.   Exhibiton Photography by Jim Franco. Styled by Mengly Hernandez

The exhibition of Simon Alantara's limited edition archival reissued belts now live. Read the Profile: Material Evidence for the Journal by Julia Sweeney
Dara Artisans promotes cultural curiosity and a sense of discovery by offering a sophisticated edit of handmade artisan crafts to an audience seeking authentic, responsibly sourced designs with a modern aesthetic.  
Exhibiton Photography by Jim Franco. Styled by Mengly Hernandez


Save the date: Nov 6-9 Dolce Jewels will be hosting the collections of Simon Alcantara, Vitor Veylan, Pamela Huinzenga and James Vilona SOFA ART AND DESIGN CHICAGO.  tickets and info The Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. On par with Art Basel and TEFAF Maastricht, SOFA is produced by Urban Expositions. Critically acclaimed and continuously running since 1994, what distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design.  SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation, with an elite selection of international dealers presenting for sale one-of-a-kind masterworks in handsome, custom-designed gallery exhibits.

Save the date: Nov 6-9 Dolce Jewels will be hosting the collections of Simon Alcantara, Vitor Veylan, Pamela Huinzenga and James Vilona SOFA ART AND DESIGN CHICAGO.  tickets and info

The Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. On par with Art Basel and TEFAF Maastricht, SOFA is produced by Urban Expositions.
Critically acclaimed and continuously running since 1994, what distinguishes SOFA from other top art events is its focus on three-dimensional artworks that cross the boundaries of fine art, decorative art and design.  SOFA is noted for its exceptional presentation, with an elite selection of international dealers presenting for sale one-of-a-kind masterworks in handsome, custom-designed gallery exhibits.


5 PAGES FEATURED IN THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF PRECIOUS MAGAZINE JAPAN

Thank you Precious Magazine Japan and Strasburgo for the beautiful coverage in your September issue!  We're very happy and grateful.  XS

Posted on October 14, 2014 and filed under SIMON ALCANTARA.

Playing with Our Food Series 1 - Photography by Anna Lee Campbell Cooking and Styling by Talya Cousins

Project 3 Creative Collective Collab

Click the Image to View Project 3

Click the Image to View Project 3

They met years ago on a W Jewelry shoot.

Anna was lighting the set, Talya was styling. Diamonds were most likely involved...

The two became friends and continue to collaborate today (often alternating between spices and gems).  

It’s a chilly Friday morning at the union square farmer’s market.

We’re looking for a few items to inspire our lunch.

Japanese eggplant, yellow squash, Radishes, Micro greens, mini sweet Tomatillos Lavender, Sesame Oil.. The dill looks remarkable today.

Heading home.

Cook

Shoot

Eat

 

Repeat

 

 

 

Posted on April 25, 2014 .

Creative Collective Collab Project 2 | The Dream Campaign | Linea Germania

Happy Spring!  We wanted to share with you Creative Collective Collab Project 2 | The Dream

 A few of the Creative Collective Collab members joined forces to create Linea Germania by Mengly Hernandez The Dream Campaign. We came together to celebrate Mengly's second season of beautiful handmade and hand printed scarves and new dresses.   Singer Sasha Medina (pictured above) joined us on set and Anna Lee Campbell photographed her and Mengly to capture the beautiful and vibrant images, paired with the mesmerizing Art Scans by Henry Lopez we convey the message of the campaign.  Kendall Farr shares Mengly's vision through her writing. Simon Alcantara styled, art and design directed this project. We came together to share The Dream.


Special thank you to our guests for this project: Makeup Artist Angelica Morenoe and Hair Stylist Lauren Berrones

Posted on March 23, 2014 .

New Editorial Pink Revista - Dominican Republic

Model: Yamilca Ortiz, Photographer: Luis Guillem, Stylist: Oscar Montes de Oca, Makeup artist: Griselle Rosario, Nails Kelly Baber. Necklaces and Earrings Simon Alcantara

Posted on February 25, 2014 .