Francesca Canepa - Founder & Creative Director at PORT ZIENNA
Francesca was born in Lima, Peru. She earned a BA in Fashion Design and Patternmaking from Mod’Art International in Paris and later earned a postgraduate degree in Fashion Marketing and Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. She has experience designing at fashion houses such as Oscar de la Renta, J.Mendel, and with her mentor Ani Álvarez-Calderón, and has designed embroideries for Burberry, Tom Ford, Carolina Herrera, and Monique Lhuillier while working at Finesse Embroideries.
Now based in Brooklyn, produces and manufactures in her home country of Peru. A main mission of the brand is to work with the people of Peru, the very place that helped shape Canepa and her thriving career.
“Our pieces are manufactured by people I know from many years ago. Our goal is to help small communities by giving them a secure job and good work conditions.”