Creative Minds: Gabriela Hearst
The Uruguayan-born, New York–based designer brings her sustainable luxury to Chloé as the new artistic director
In a world dominated by fast fashion and excess, sustainability has never been more urgent. And while the concept tends to be thrown around loosely, it is something that the Uruguayan-born, New York–based designer Gabriela Hearst has championed since she launched her namesake fashion and accessories brand in 2015. Masterfully blending craftsmanship with quality materials, she has garnered a cultlike following for her distinctive minimalist tailoring and effortless style. Hearst now brings her honest approach to Chloé, where she was recently appointed artistic director; her first collection for the French house makes its appearance in March.
Family values: Hearst grew up on her family’s 17,000-acre sheep and cattle ranch in Uruguay, a property she still manages. Today, she uses the luxury-grade merino wool from the estate in her collections, as well as other natural fibers, such as linen or recycled cashmere and silk.
On a mission: In August 2019, a Gabriela Hearst boutique designed by Norman Foster opened in London; sustainably built, it is completely carbon-neutral. Next, she plans to eliminate the use of virgin materials by 2022.
Accolades: Hearst won the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize for women’s wear. Last year, she received the coveted CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year award. gabrielahearst.com
A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2021 Spring Issue under the headline “Creative Minds.” Subscribe to the magazine.