For Carlos Ramirez, founder of Liancarlo and native son of Miami, design is more than pouring heart and soul into his creations - it's in his DNA. "I take great care and pride in what I do," he says. "It's part of who I am."
But, Carlos's path to a life as a nationally renowned bridal and womenswear designer wasn't direct, nor was it easy. With hazy dreams of becoming an architect, he attended law school, at the behest of his well-intentioned, Cuban immigrant mother. His future as a successful lawyer seemed inevitable - a full scholarship, mentions on the dean's list - but Carlos couldn't shake his insatiable need to create.
So, he did what he advises others to do: "Follow the thread that means something to you." Instead of interning at a law firm, he successfully sold a few sample dresses made in his mother's sewing studio. It was then design became more than a job; it became his life.
Perhaps that path is what makes Carlos immune to complacency and reluctant to chase fast-fading trends. "My whole theory behind bridal is timelessness," he says. "I design for people, not for show."
A Liancarlo dress is stunning proof that classic does not mean boring. From metallic threadwork to blossom-dotted bodices inspired by his paintings, every piece shows that Carlos is equal parts designer and artist. "My whole approach to art is how I approach fashion," he says. "I give myself the ability to play and experiment."
Overseeing every aspect of the gown's orchestration with his in-house team of seamstresses, Carlos brings his art to life. From concept sketch to muslin mock-up to finished piece, not only do his gowns show his commitment to making beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces, but also his devotion to making his clients feel inherently gorgeous.