By Monica Mendal
March 29, 2018
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The natural beauty, color, and heritage embedded in Latin America are the foundation on which designer Daniela Bahamón’s line of luxury outerwear, Maison Alma, was built. It's an ode to the places she’s lived — Mexico, Perú, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. And the result is a collection of elegant, transitional outerwear perfect for any travel destination of your choosing — from the city to beach to countryside.

This season, Bahamón collaborated with renowned French fabric designer Pierre Frey on La Botanica Collection, an exclusive line of statement coats and bucket bags for Bergdorf Goodman, which fuses the aesthetic beauty of Latin America and France. And we have to say, the two designers, both known to reimagine their hometowns through their own artistic channels, are a winning combination. "Pierre Frey and Maison Alma share so many fundamental values,” agrees Bahamón, who has now spent much of her professional life living in Paris.

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Visiting Frey’s studio when she first moved to Paris in 2011, Bahamón found an unlikely cure for her homesickness. Upon entering, she was immediately transported back to Mexico City, Lima, Bogota, and San Juan.

“I was always astonished by how this voyage could happen inside one of the oldest French heritage houses. I realized that in every thread, print, and embroidery, we share the same 'cry for the heat' or, as the French call it, a 'cri du coeur' — a quest for boldness, fantasy, and irreverence.”

Latin America and France might be 5,000 miles apart, but they both exude a certain joie de vivre that you just want to wrap yourself up in — with this collection, you can. The full collection is now available exclusively at Bergdorf Goodman at 754 5th Avenue in New York, and the coats can also be purchased online at Price upon request.