"I think if you're misunderstood then you have something really good going on." --Mondo Guerra
Denver based fashion designer Mondo Guerra is no stranger to the runway. After a runner-up finish on Lifetime's Project Runway season eight, Mondo went on to claim victory on the first season of Project Runway All Stars. And in 2014, he reunited with Emmy-winning fashion guru, Tim Gunn, to serve as a mentor on Project Runway: Under The Gunn. Mondo's innovative style and bold designs have captured the fashion world's imagination, while his work in HIV/AIDS advocacy has helped cultivate the important conversation about the epidemic.
Mondo has traveled the U.S. as a proud spokesperson for I Design -- Merck's national education campaign, which underscores the importance for people living with HIV/AIDS to talk with their doctors about personal treatment goals. Mondo courageously revealed his HIV-positive status on Project Runway season eight after he created the challenge-winning print, "Pozitivity," inspired by his own experience with the virus. The disclosure came after more than 10 years of personal silence.
Mondo has also teamed up with Subaru's Dining Out for Life, an annual fundraising event for AIDS service organizations throughout North America. More than 3,000 restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds from one special day of dining to the licensed AIDS service agency in their city. More than $4 million dollars a year is raised to support the missions of 60 outstanding HIV/AIDS service organizations.
In addition to HIV/AIDS advocacy, Mondo continues to design. His new, exclusive collection of frames and sunglasses with SEE Eyewear hits shelves nationwide in Fall 2014. The collaboration celebrates retro style in a modern way, with a fresh color palette and striking prints. Plus, a portion of sales from the collection benefits amFAR.
Last spring, Mondo and Crocs, a world leader in innovative casual footwear, launched the first designs of their collaboration. The two companies connected over their Colorado roots and aligned to share a vision of fun, colorful, comfortable shoes. The Mondo Guerra for Crocs styles will be available online and in stores in Asia, Europe and the U.S. later this year.
Mondo is also excited to offer more designs from his eponymous label exclusively on mondoguerra.com this fall.
Mondo and his Yorkie-Schnauzer, Gordi Jo, reside in Denver where he and his team strive to grow his brand and business.