Neithan Herbert was born in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
He graduated in 2020 in (BA) Fashion at IED Milan and made his debut at Milan Fashion Week last September thanks to the Milano Moda Graduate Contest.
Nowadays, Neithan Herbert’s brand is based both in México and Italy.
WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY INSPIRATION?
Because of my Mexican roots, which is where I was raised, my interest in fashion was born looking and analysing my mother’s traditional clothing, an indigenous woman from the Inca culture who was living in Mexico. Furthermore, because of my mum’s clothing store, I developed, at a very young age, a connection with fashion and growing up, I started to work along with the indigenous communities from different regions of Mexico. Somewhere along my journey, I found myself developing my aesthetic.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR AESTHETIC?
If I had to describe my work, I would say it is nostalgic, romantic, mix-cultured and free-spirited. I am surely more focused on womenswear, exclusively made with hand-embroidery and the creation of handcrafted jewellery and accessories.
TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR F/W 2021 COLLECTION
The inspiration of this Fall Winter 2021 ready-to-wear collection came from the curiosity and research inside of my indigenous roots. It is a tribute to my mother and a celebration of diversity in Latin America. I decided to focus more on the deconstruction of the traditional silhouettes so that I could mix them up with craft techniques. The result is a surprising trip to the past with a modern twist. The spiritual animals (such as inside butterflies) also played a big role in the collection, letting me find the perfect link between two important meanings inside the pre-hispanic cultures: the “tona” (believed by various Middle American Indians and it represented the capability of transforming themselves into animal forms) and “nahual” (which is a personal guardian spirit or a protective alter ego, alive in animals or less frequently in other embodiments and it was mainly believed by various Middle American Indians)
WHAT ARE THE FASHION ETHICS YOU BELIEVE IN?
I am always looking forward to collaborating with local artisans from México. I have a fascination for the handmade and the organic process employed to create each garment and jewellery. Therefore, I am always looking for sustainable alternatives to make each piece unique. For instance, my last collection included a collaboration with “Desserto”, a Mexican company that created a highly sustainable plant- based vegan leather made from cactus.
For Neithan Herbert it’s crucial to remain connected with his roots, which brought him to find inspiration inside the culture and tradition of Latin America and its mystical world.
It is a very powerful way of opening our minds to new fantasies and joining him on this journey.