Colombian fashion and jewelry designer Mercedes Salazar is known for her colorful jewelry pieces using artisanal techniques from Bogotá, Colombia and infusing a distinct seaside, tropical vibe into every piece of jewelry she designs. Mexico is a place close to Salazar’s heart. She moved from Colombia to Mexico in 1994 to study jewelry and goldsmithery, but eventually made her way back to Colombia to launch her eponymous brand in 2001. Early in her career she began partnering with artisans from Colombian indigenous communities to learn more about local craft, which has no doubt become a hallmark in Salazar’s designs.
When it comes to inspiration, Mercedes simply turns to life. Known for her bright colours and sizeable jewellery, her inspiration often wonders in many directions, but with the same intent - she invites women to believe in themselves