Born in Puerto Rico to Cuban and Puerto Rican parents, Zaida first learned ‘to make’ from her mother and grandmother, who are master craftswomen. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, she holds a B.F.A. in International Fashion Design: Knitwear, and a minor in Italian. Zaida is the artist/designer/maker behind BALMASEDA, a small label that creates garments that embrace a new kind of luxury; one that combines humble materials with exquisite artisanal techniques. It is a hands-on manifesto that explores the symbiotic relationship we could have with our clothing and the environment. See Zaida’s work at Balmaseda.