Ever since Colombian accessories designer Alfonso Mendoça was a child, he has developed an unmistakable talent for art and fashion. Hence, from the moment he launched his first collection in 2007, he has gained wide acclaim for his creations by fashion powerhouses such as VOGUE, Marie Claire, ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar.
It has always been extremely important for Alfonso to share his passion for art and fashion with the less privileged in his community. With the assistance of non-profit organization SENA, he also taken up the work of teaching to help refugees and other victims of the ongoing conflict in Colombia and give them a better future.
Thus, he shares his knowledge on how to design and produce handcrafts, which his students can then sell to earn a living. Alfonso: “My heart fills me with emotion every time I’m teaching my students how to paint and create beautiful pieces of art. With such resilient souls, I have strong faith and I truly believe that art can help fight poverty in our country”.