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Saturday
Jan182014

Starting Small, Dreaming Big

New Chevron Dress now available at www.mondoguerra.com/shopI left for "Project Runway" season eight with $14 to my name.  But what I lacked in funds, I more than made up for with big dreams.

Fast forward almost four years later and many of those dreams are coming true.  I have an exclusive collection of frames and sunglasses with SEE Eyewear, an upcoming shoe collaboration with Crocs, a rewarding role in HIV/AIDS advocacy work and the incredibly good luck to be part of Tim Gunn's new show "Under the Gunn" on Lifetime.  I am ridiculously grateful.

But the question I get asked over and over again is where can we buy your clothes??  Believe me, I've been trying.  After a few false starts and disappointments, it seemed like my dream of offering my own designs was becoming more like a nightmare. Creating and expressing myself came easy.  The business side?  Well, let's just say I'm working on it.

But I learned from my mistakes , focused my expectations and kept pushing forward.  It can be overwhelming -- not to mention expensive -- to produce an entire collection.  So I decided to start small -- small runs of one design at a time, produced in my home state, Colorado.
 
I'm excited to say that the first design of the Mondo Guerra label is finally ready to share -- my Color Block Chevron Dress!  It's a 3/4 sleeve version of my challenge-winning, ready-to-wear dress from season eight's L'oreal challenge.  As a creative person, I live for the moment that my vision comes to life, so I'm very proud of this accomplishment.

I understand that this dress isn't for everyone.  Some of my Facebook fan page friends have voiced their opinions about size and the market for different body types.  Let me just say -- I have love for women of all sizes.  I have a family full of real women who I can't forget, after all.
 
But I have to start small.  I can't dress everybody.  At least, not yet.  As I build my brand and my business, I hope I have the honor of dressing women of all sizes.  I hear my curvy customers loud and clear!  Keep an eye out.

To all of my friends and supporters, thank you for continuing to believe in me and my dreams.  I can't wait to share more designs with you.

Always dream big...!!

XO,

MONDO

PS:  Let's be kind to each other, no matter what number is on the label. <3

 

Tuesday
Oct012013

SEE Unveils Exclusive Collection Designed by Project Runway: All Stars Winner Mondo Guerra

Award winning designer creates special collection to benefit amfAR, meet and greet events scheduled across the country

September 30, 2013, Southfield, MI – SEE, the country’s first “hip without the rip” fashion eyewear boutique will debut its collaboration with Denver based designer Mondo Guerra, winner of Lifetime’s Project Runway: All Stars, in all stores on October 15, 2013. Designed by Mondo, SEE will unveil the exclusive collection of eyewear that will be sold in its 31 locations nationwide. A portion of all sales from “Mondo by SEE” eyeglasses and sunglasses will be donated to amfAR, an international organization that has spent the past 27 years dedicated to research to end the global AIDS epidemic.

Making an Exception for Mondo

“Although SEE is our own brand and is exclusively sold in our stores, there was no hesitation when this opportunity presented itself. Mondo has been a loyal SEE customer for several years, and I was honored and flattered that such a strong up and coming design sensation was so enamored with the SEE brand,” stated SEE Founder and CEO, Richard Golden. “When Mondo approached us about designing a collection for SEE I was excited and proud to be able to make an exception to the rule of exclusively creating our own product for our stores in order to collaborate on a project that would raise funds for such a worthy charity.”

Mondo added, "I'm constantly asked where I get my amazing eyewear and I'm always happy to tell them to visit my friends at SEE.  Not only do they have the freshest designs, their customer service is the best in the business.  That's why I own more than a dozen frames--I'm hooked!  I'm so excited to be designing for SEE."

A Portion of All “Mondo for SEE” Eyewear to be Donated to amfAR

“Our company’s values include making a difference in our communities and raising money for charities that are near and dear to us. SEE has sponsored the AIDS Walk Detroit for the past 10 years, and have always supported HIV/AIDS Awareness campaigns nationally. Working with Mondo to create an exciting and original collection for SEE while donating a portion of all sales from the collection to amfAR is a dream come true for us,” added Golden.

"It is an honor to contribute to amfAR.  Their service on behalf of those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS is an inspiration and I'm thrilled that SEE and I can help support their mission," stated Mondo. 

“Meet Mondo” Events

Mondo will tour the country, stopping at select SEE locations to discuss the collection and greet fans. The appearance schedule is as follows:

10/15, 5-8 p.m. – Denver

10/16, 6-8 p.m. – NYC (Columbus Avenue location)

10/17, 2-4 p.m. – NYC (Bleecker Street location)

10/17, 6-8 p.m. – NYC (SoHo location)

10/20, 1-4 p.m. – Boston (Newbury Street location)

10/21, 6-8 p.m. – Washington DC (Georgetown)

10/22, 2-4 p.m. – Somerset Collection North (Troy, MI)

10/22, 5-8 p.m. – Birmingham, MI

10/23, 1-4 p.m. – Chicago (Water Tower Place)

10/23, 6-8 p.m. – Chicago (Old Orchard Center)

10/24, 1-4 p.m. - Chicago (Water Tower Place)

10/24, 6-8 p.m. – Chicago (Armitage)

10/25, 4-7 p.m. – San Francisco (Market Street/The Palace Hotel)

10/26, 1-4 p.m. – San Francisco (Union Street)

10/27, 12-2 p.m. – Los Angeles (Beverly Center)

10/27, 3:30-6 p.m. – Fashion Island (Newport Beach, CA)

About SEE

SEE was created by optical pioneer Richard Golden, who set out to develop a gouge free environment for people who appreciate trendy luxury eyewear without the ridiculously absurd price tag.   Sourcing directly from the world’s most forward thinking designers allows SEE to bring true value to the consumer - thus SEE’s slogan…”hip without the rip”.

Voted “Best Eyewear” in major publications’ Readers’ Polls in fashionable cities from coast to coast, SEE has been featured in Vogue, InStyle, GQ, Marie Claire, Elle, O Magazine, WWD and countless other fashion magazines both nationally and internationally.  

SEE operates 31 stores nationally, with a Seattle location opening late October. For more information regarding SEE, please visit www.seeeyewear.com or contact Susan Berryman at (248) 354-7100 ext. 498 (sberryman@seeeyewear.com).

About Mondo Guerra

Denver fashion designer Mondo Guerra impressed judges and fans alike with his bold and playful aesthetic, earning him a runner-up finish on Project Runway season 8 in 2010. Mondo went on to compete in the debut season of Project Runway All Stars in 2012, where he emerged victorious, claiming the most lucrative prize package in the show’s history—including an exclusive designer’s boutique in select Neiman Marcus stores and online.

In addition to his career in fashion, Mondo is a vigorous national spokesperson for HIV/AIDS awareness. He has recently partnered with Merck to launch a new educational campaign which encourages those living with the disease to establish and maintain an open dialogue with their physicians.

For more information regarding Mondo Guerra, please visit http://www.mondoguerra.com or contact Remigio Darby at (720) 236-9024 (remigio@mondoguerra.com).