Born in Morelia, the last child of a family of 15 discovered his love for fashion at the age of 8. Using his mother’s sewing machine in secret, he made his first dress from a pattern found in a magazine. Fascinated by this way of expressing himself, Antonio Ortega was naturally attracted to studies in design in Mexico. In 1994, he works with the Mexican Arts and Crafts Centre and learns ancestral techniques and know-how in braiding, weaving, embroidery and openwork.
Curious and always ready for a new challenge, in 1996 the young man joins the television channel Televisa S.A., where he excells as head stylist, supervising a team of more than 35.
In 2001, Antonio lets his curiosity take him to Paris to discover the roots of Haute Couture and study at the Chardon Savard design school. He works alongside the designer Dominique Sirop in his Parisian Haute Couture workshop, honing the young designer’s attention to detail and allowing him to enhance and refine his knowledge and techniques. The same year, he launches his own label, characterized by cultural diversity and blending noble materials with technological and natural fibres. He experiments with tattoos on leather, unfinished finishings and twist skirts. He mixes neoprene and waterproof materials with silk, cotton, cashmere and bamboo, constantly looking for that “which does not yet exist”. Quickly, his creations find their place in fashion shows in New York, Montréal and Toronto.
In 2014, more ambitious and determined than ever, he decides to give a new impetus to his label by presenting his 2014-2015 Fall-Winter collection during the Haute Couture week in Paris. A philosophy of excellence and a quest for perfection that bears fruit. His collection, “The snake, myth and reality”, abounds with sensuality, elegance, refinement, colour and life.
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