Shitty internet connection won't stop Clandestina from going global.
"It's hard to get what we need, but we don't stop if there's something we can't find. When that happens we change the scope, even the product. To prevent us from depending on imports, we use everything we can find in the local market, from discarded materials, to trash. That's the core of the Vintrashe collection, which means vintage + trash. Here in Havana, it's all about diving in all of those secondhand stores (Salvation Army type, but never cool), buying piece by piece, taking them to our shop, and remaking them into tank tops, pouches, handbags, totes, shorts, etc."
"Vintrashe represents around 80% of our sales, for now it's available only in Havana, but we think we can launch the collection online by May."
"It's very challenging, sometimes it's hard to find the proper resources, or even simple things like apps to keep track of your expenses. It's even harder if you consider that most of the things entrepreneurs need today can be found online. In Cuba, it feels like we need to make everything from scratch. We need internet, the Cuban government is making efforts, but it's still slow for how fast the world moves. Our day-to-day operations are very loco, always putting out fires. I think we enjoy it, at least most of the time."
"The Chanel show in Cuba was very controversial, especially because there was so little interaction with Cuban designers.
"I love almost all of our products. The 'Actually I'm in Havana' and '99% Cuban design' t-shirts are already classics and Im really proud of that. When I see them in the street, or in people's photos, I feel something between excitement and goosebumps."