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Discovering Versailles & finding a new friend

Not all was work in France, oh no…I finally went to Versailles and…most important met my uncle Franzu. My uncle has been living in France for the last 40 years and we had never met. A close friend to my mom, he left Lima when he was 18 and went to Paris. We always heard about our uncle in Paris, it sounded so far  and mysterious. I really wanted to meet him!. Francois , my brother, did before me and told me he was a really cool guy. He also said he looked very much like him ( my uncle is better looking).

So after a couple of emails, phone calls, we finally met at Cheville Velizy, the town where he lives near Versailles. We prepared a backpack for our picnic and off we went. The castle was closed, but it’s imposing figure was waiting for us. We went to the gardens, amazingly big and beautiful. Not many people were there ( meaning tourists) which was great.

The day passed so quickly, we chatted a lot. Had to go back to Paris as I was leaving to London the next day. We said goodbye, see you real soon!, and to stay in touch. My uncle Franzu is a really cool guy, I am looking forward to more days in Versailles taking walks with him.


Hortensia’s Vini, Vidi & Vinci…

Quoting Cesar, Hortensia’s trip to Paris  was successful. Still a lot of work to do, but overall the collection had a great impact on buyers. Now back in NYC,  getting down to make all happen. By the way… it’s soooo good to be back home…

Here’s a lovely picture of our booth at Le Showroom, we made some small changes along the way, being perfectionists as we are…

High ceilings, wooden floors & natural light, this was our set up for the next five days. Thanks to our wonderful neighbours, Judith Haas,  Dunlin & Nathalie Breda we had fun, made good friends and kept the good spirit going.

 I am also very happy to announce that Hortensia Handmade will be available in Japan and the UK this coming Autumn/Winter 2009… we will keep the suspense a bit longer, at least when it starts getting cold!

Again, thanks for all your support, cheers and good wishes, we are after more success to keep us growing…


Paris with Bonbon Oiseau!


From Coco’s garden, bonjour from Paris. Here Bonbon’s giving a blogging help…

I am so tired, we walked so much but it was great. Marais, little shops, then falabel and finished with cafe & glaces at Bertillon with the best view of Notre Dame & the bridges. Tomorrow I go to Maison Rodin and then to work!

It’s great to be here, excited, nervous…. with great company.

See you tomorrow, a tout a l’heure!

Hortensia is ready for Paris!

Only three more days and we are off to Paris… we are so ready!!

We will be at Le Showroom from march 4-8th. Can’t wait to be there, it’s going to be exciting, I’ve been looking at the other designers and they are amazing. I am very proud to be showing among such talented group of people.

Here’s a small preview of a our new Fall collection, enjoy!


Hortensia Handmade at Le Showroom in Paris

Hortensia Handmade A/W09 collection“Débuts” at Le Showroom March 4-8, Paris.

Set in a beautiful & intimate venue, we will be showing our new Fall/Winter  collection next to another 60 talented designers. We are thrilled to present our line for the first time in Paris at this very select salon. 

Débuts” is the name we chose for this new collection. “Débuts” means beginnings in French.

Hortensia is returning to Paris, where all began. We have compiled our favorite pieces, feminine & sophisticated in the most vibrant colors and elaborate stitches. 

From luxurious cable sweaters to chic mini capes, stylish berets and trendy hats & scarves, this line truly represents our very best. You can preview some of these styles at

Le Showroom

March 4 -8

60 rue de Richelieu

75002, Paris



This Valentine’s Day…

I have to admit, I always remember Valentine’s day last minute. It also doesn’t help that I’ve been real busy with the new Hortensia Fall Collection. But, since LOVE is in the air…I will start preparing a surprise Valentine’s!.

Last weekend was great at the Brooklyn Pop-UP market , thousands ( really) of people came and between the great finds, awesome music and foods, I’m sure had a great time. We left tired but very happy.

 We will be back see next saturday february 21st with our sweaters & accessories. Remember it’s still going to be cold!

For now, Happy Valentine’s to you all! enjoy it with your friends, lovers and family…

First weekend at the Brooklyn Flea in Dumbo

Maura MacGloin, our Movious scarf winner

With a sunny day & below cero temperatures, our first weekend at the Pop Up Market in Dumbo started.

A lovely spot, a good cup of coffee & some pastries we were ready to go!. Hats & scarves came and go, compliments that we always love and questions from our kind visitors kept us busy all day long.  

I haven’t been in Dumbo in a while. I remember how desolated & silent it was just a couple of years ago. Now it’s full of life, stores, restaurants, art galleries… I love the park, the view is breathtaking.

I am now looking forward to next weekend. Come by as there will me more wonderful vendors; a mix of vintage clothes, furniture, jewelry along with great food and music. And this weekend it won’t be that cold!

Hortensia: Scavenger’s Hunt clue…

Circular and with no end, this piece will wrap around your neck!. Many colors for you to choose, but the one on the pic is the one for YOU!!

Go to,  this friday at noon and search for the mystery pic!

See you all this weekend,


Hortensia at Pop-Up Market in Dumbo

Winter is in full swing and spring nowhere to be seen… why not come to the new Winter Pop-Up Market in Dumbo, every weekend thru March!

Our cozy hats & scarves will be available in many colors & shapes to keep you warm the rest of the winter.

Check out this friday at noon website for the Scavenger Hunt. We have donated a mystery piece and whoever finds it keeps it!

Come back this thursday at noon, we will be giving you guys a clue!

Hortensia handmade in the News again!

Newsday, wednesday, january 21, 2009

We found this article at Newsday’s style section featuring our Oversize cable newsboy hat & Silvia benie. Both hats in 100% baby alpaca are available at Henry Lehr in East Hampton (631) 329.5408

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