Founder Vanessa Barrantes was inspired to start De La Fé while traveling across the world to places including Sri Lanka, Morocco, Spain, and Italy. While on her journey, the Peruvian-born New Yorker often found herself steaming or ironing dresses - a waste of time at such beautiful destinations. That’s when the idea of De La Fé, which means “of the faith” in Spanish, came to mind. Vanessa wanted to create a line of practical, easy-to-pack dresses that didn’t sacrifice style. De La Fé is a culmination of the designer’s adventures around the world, and embodies the motto, “have faith, pack light, carry a map, and the rest will follow.”
Each De La Fé piece is designed in New York and handcrafted in Lima, Peru. Each collection is no more than 20 pieces, ensuring continued investment in craftsmanship and high quality fabrics. The materials used in each design are sourced from across the world, with some local specialty fabrics made from Peruvian cotton, and others from Europe and the U.S. The designs use fabrics that don’t wrinkle easily, including cotton, linen, and crinkled silk, so that they are easy to pack and can be pulled out of a carry-on and worn instantly. Barrantes believes that part of sustainability is designing for durability and creates pieces with longevity in the hopes that they will be closet staples that are passed down to future generations.
Women's empowerment is at the core of De La Fé's mission and ethos. The company's head of production in Lima is a woman, and the company employs local female artisans who run small businesses from their homes, ensuring that they can work while also caring for their families.