Ever since I started tearing fabric and making new dresses from old ones at the age of 11, my purpose has been quite simple--to be unique. My desire to create emerged from a desire to be different, to express my own version of the world through my clothes. At first they were simple projects--turning a long dress into a short one, making jeans into a corset, or even making a dress out of film. This vision has now evolved into a more useful and life-enhancing one. After years of traveling, my vision is to produce clothes that are not only beautiful and unique, but also adaptable to the ever changing lives of women.
It first dawned on me during a backpacking trip--I wanted to take such a variety of clothes…some for hiking, some for sightseeing, some for running, some for clubbing…why did I have to settle for just one style? Why should I have a limited wardrobe just because I'm far away from home? Why can't clothes adapt to my lifestyle, to my activities, to my desires?
My idea is to create a full line of clothes that can be easily packed, comfortably worn, and that can adapt to different climates and occasions. This way packing can be light, and traveling can be less of a hassle when it comes to deciding what to wear. My clothes should change and adapt to me, to work for me, not the other way around--and no matter what the occasion may be--I should never have to lose my sense of style.
INDI Apparel consists of different lines, each catering to a different need. Just as women's lives are ever changing, so are our clothes. That is why I am always open to suggestions, comments and ideas--especially from those of you who have trotted half way around the world. I want my designs to keep evolving along with you.
Diana Lopez El Mankabadi was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her family immigrated to Brazil in 1990, and then finally to the United States in 1991.
She studied Fine Arts at the University of Arizona, her focus being in painting and photography, with a minor in Business Administration. She has traveled around the world, including Europe, South America and Africa. These trips have been a great influence on her artwork and designs.
In 2006 Diana moved to Buenos Aires to further her studies in fashion design. She attended the Instituto Superior de Diseno de Roberto Piazza where she studied design, pattern making and production. During the 3 years in Buenos Aires she designed a small collection with her associate Lucia Fernanadez Echaniz, and it was sold in differente boutiques in the Palermo design district.
Diana currently lives in Tucson, AZ where she runs her own clothing line, INDI Apparel.