When no one thought of Bolivia, when there was still no talk of a queen or haute couture in fashion, Beatriz Canedo Patiño brought her know-how in sewing to Europe and New York, with the additional benefit of the virtues of the natural fibers of alpaca. Probably without being fully aware of what her reach would be, In 1987, with a solid background, Beatriz Patiño the designer was imposing Latin American wealth on the great catwalks, with her incredible collections made of camelid textiles.
Who was Beatriz Canedo Patiño?
It is possible that there are those who do not know her history. Even if they are aware and have in their closet a garment from the House of Design that bears her name. The legacy she inherited from us all when she passed away at the age of 66. She was one of the Bolivian designers who put her nation’s name on the international fashion scene. Her alpaca design become most famous designs
Beatriz was born in La Paz and, from her childhood, she herself remembered growing up “in a traditional family where I was trained in dignity, honesty, transparency and respect.” Fashion was in her plan since she, very young, came to Paris to study design. “When I arrived in Paris, that fashion, that elegance made me turn 180 degrees in my profession,” she recalled on one occasion. Her stay in Europe was super positive, designing for aristocrats, politicians, businessmen and celebrities.
Basic Knowledge, her strength
In 1987, with a solid background, Beatriz Patiño the designer opened her design house in New York. In addition to her talent as a creative, her commercial sense is even seen in the name she chooses for her first venture: Royal Alpaca Inc. She knew that the value of the textile fibers of her region were an element that distinguished her from the neighbors of his atelier: Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan or Diane Von Fürstenberg. Using couture design as a tool, Canedo Patiño promoted unpublished materials for many, such as the alpaca, the vicuña and the llama.
During the years that she developed her career in Europe and the United States, Beatriz always had Bolivia in mind. Her land was in the inspiration that each of her garments generated. Along with a sense of understated timeless elegance with a global dimension.
The return to Bolivia
Her return to Bolivia was linked to a new undertaking, already with the initials of her name: BCP Alpaca Designs. It was 1994 and she knew that the 90s should be the decade to internationalize designs and textiles with the “Made in Bolivia” country brand stamp.
BCP Alpaca Designs garments have been successfully exported from their inception to North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. His silhouettes of perfect tailoring for women and men, a distinctive experience of style. With the perfect textures of the camelids, meant for his clients what they remain today, the distinctive experience of style. But at the social level it also had an important impact through its business ethics, the vision of sustainability in production practices and creating fair job opportunities for the Bolivian communities of camelid farmers.
The present of the BCP Design House
Some time ago, we wrote this about the Beatriz Canedo Patiño Design House: ‘For the closing of the Bolivian Design and Authors event, the Beatriz Canedo Patiño Design House reserved a lesson in poise, sartorial exquisiteness and timeless quality. With its reference point in Apolobamba. It is logical that the center here is the sumptuousness of the materials provided by camelids, such as alpaca and llama. ‘ That sums up the profile of what a high fashion brand is and the reasons why her clothes are in every closet.
Currently, the Beatriz Canedo Patiño Design House is a benchmark for highly refined collections. Through the brand, the quality of Bolivian clothing is evident in its lines BCP Mujer®, BCP Hombre®, BCP Accesorios®, BCP Hogar®, BCP Novias® and BCP Punto®. In addition to their exclusive materials, what they all have in common is the identity stamp of their designs. The quality of the structure and composition of the collections.
Demand continues to grow and become famous day by day. They are, in addition to their online channels and establishments, in luxury multi-brand boutiques in cities such as Milan and Monza. They are also starting operations in countries such as Colombia and Mexico. Despite the fact that recent times have been difficult for the entire fashion industry. Casa BCP has continued its march with projects such as the showcase ‘On the other side of the mirror’. It responds to a strategic alliance with Casa Grande Hotels and Pétalos and Nuances, to commemorate the anniversary of the departure of its founder ‘to the other side of life’. There could be no better display case for the brand’s latest collection, ‘Renaissance’.
The person in charge of leadingIn 1987, with a solid background, Beatriz Patiño the designer’s legacy has been her niece, Deanna Canedo Patiño, Creative Director of La Casa, who comments that ‘right now (…) this alliance allows us to contemplate eternal beauty, to appreciate
conclusion: Beatriz Patino made her place in fashion with her hard work and struggle. Her alpaca by design had made her immortal. For more information visit http://www.beatrizcanedopatino.com/index_designer.html