Fashion, one of the largest industries in the world, can be a force for good. This past week we launched jewelry and accessories on NinteenthAmendment.com. While adding these categories was always on our roadmap, we decided to accelerate that timeline when we saw an opportunity to make a positive impact. The launch of these new categories to the Nineteenth Amendment marketplace is spearheaded by five Puerto Rican accessories brands that we love. We chose to launch accessories with Puerto Rican brands first in an effort to aid Puerto Rican small businesses and manufacturing after hurricane Maria stalled business on the island last year.
Our collaboration with these hand selected Puerto Rican brands is a direct result of Nineteenth Amendment’s participation in the Parallel18 incubator in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2016. During the Parallel18 incubator our COO Gemma Sole and members of our team spent six months exploring opportunities to revive apparel and accessories manufacturing on the island through Nineteenth Amendment’s on-demand manufacturing technology. During that time we connected with amazing brands in Puerto Rico, five of which were selected for our accessories launch. The five Puerto Rico based brands selected for the accessories launch are Dos Pinceles, House of Kezner, Ruby Dávila Rendón, René Moreta and Ángulo.
Dos Pinceles, by designer twins Gabriela and Patricia Urrutia, is Spanish for ‘two brushes’, which symbolizes the union and inventive collaboration of these two artists’ distinct ideas in one piece. Each piece of jewelry is handmade; cut,hammered, polished and assembled in their studio in Puerto Rico. The collection can be shopped here: nineteenthamendment.com/dos-pinceles
The House of Kezner brand by designers María Laura Martínez and Vicente Gascó draws inspiration from literature, storytelling, and geometry. Each piece of jewelry is sustainably 3-D printed, on-demand in Puerto Rico. The collection can be shopped here: nineteenthamendment.com/house-of-kezner
Ángulo Leather Goods are designed and crafted in designer Alejandra Fuentes’ studio in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Every leather piece is made by combining new technologies and traditional methods to create radically simple and elegant clutches and wallets. The collection can be shopped here: nineteenthamendment.com/angulo
Ruby Dávila Rendón, the designer behind the eponymous label, trained at Fashion Institute of Technology of New York (FIT) in NYC and Altos de Chavón School of Art and Design. Her designs have been featured in fashion magazines such as Ocean Drive, El Nuevo Día newspaper and Fashion Vitrine and seen on celebrities such as the Puerto Rico Olympic Gymnast Tommy Ramos, America’s Next Top Model Jaslene González, and international beauty pageant winners. The collection can be shopped here: nineteenthamendment.com/ruby-davila-rendon
René Moreta, born in Puerto Rico, presents his vision of jewelry through the exploration of form and how it can be presented, perceived and integrated with the body as adornment. Moreta is a graduate of Industrial Design and Sculpture from the School of Plastic Arts of Puerto Rico. René Moreta’s designs are inspired by simplicity, geometry, and nature, and include references from history, architecture and artistic movements untied by a continuous investigation of materials and processes. The collection can be shopped here: nineteenthamendment.com/rene-moreta
Nineteenth Amendment CoFounder and Gemma Sole said, “We are committed to creating a better place for discovering authentic, better made, designer- direct fashion and accessories. To fulfill that promise, we offer both technology tools and industry expertise to help independent designers succeed. After being embraced by the Puerto Rican creative community and as a platform that believes in supporting independent brands and USA manufacturing, we’re thrilled to welcome these five Puerto Rican brands to the Nineteenth Amendment marketplace and look forward to including more amazing accessories brands to the platform in the months to come.”