Designer spotlight: Gabriela Moya

The first-generation Cuban-American designer melds art and fashion in her elegant designs.

Photograph: Lauren Foy

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Who she is: While vacationing in France with her sister in 2005, Gabriela Moya was lured by Paris's fashion scene, so she spontaneously applied to the oldest fashion school in the country: L'cole Suprieure des Arts et Techniques de la Mode. Within a week, the Rutgers University art history major was planning her move to the City of Light. After interning for celebrated designers like Felipe Oliveira Baptista, Burfitt and Proenza Schouler, Moya officially launched her eponymous luxury women's label in November 2010. The proud first-generation Cuban-American now designs her locally produced line out of her Union Square studio.

About the line: "The clothes are classic in design but they always have a little interesting twist," notes Moya, whose debut fall collection ($200--$600) juxtaposes hard and soft materials, like leather with silk. Moya plays with layering by mixing and matching printed fabrics, and incorporates double pockets to add flair to her pieces. Her attention to detail and affinity for high-quality materials are evident in her pleated dresses ($440) and merino-wool blazers ($395). "I love art and wanted to fuse the art and fashion worlds," says Moya, who collaborates with contemporary artists like Carlos Estevez ( and Carlos Rodriguez Cardenas ( to create eye-catching textile prints for her line.

Where to buy: Online at

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