Andrea Ramirez: From Colombia to Chicago's Fashion Scene

Posted by TFOCB Studios on Jun 4, 2024 8:00:00 AM

Andrea Ramirez’s journey from Colombia to the vibrant fashion scene of Chicago is a story of passion, resilience, and creativity. Originally from Colombia, Andrea’s love for fashion was kindled at an early age, influenced by her grandmother, a renowned tailor, and her mother, who always ensured they wore the trendiest clothes despite financial constraints.

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Andrea’s first foray into fashion was when she was just eleven years old. “I grabbed my mom’s sewing machine and a piece of fabric and started sewing a top. I had no idea what I was doing, but it turned out great,” she recalled with a smile. This early experience planted the seed for what would become a lifelong passion.

Despite her love for fashion, Andrea’s path was not straightforward. Her family encouraged her to pursue a more practical career, leading her to study industrial design. However, she never gave up on her dream. She balanced her formal studies with clandestine fashion design courses, driven by an unwavering desire to follow her heart. “I wanted to learn it. That was my dream,” she said, highlighting her determination.

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Andrea’s move to Chicago marked a significant turning point in her journey. Initially arriving for a vacation, she found herself staying and working in finance. Yet, her passion for fashion remained undiminished. A chance encounter with Estefania Galvan, the designer behind the MŌS brand, reignited her creative spark. “I met Estefania because she wanted to get rid of some sewing supplies. That’s how it all started,” Andrea explained. Their collaboration opened doors to Chicago’s vibrant fashion scene, providing Andrea with opportunities to showcase her talent and creativity.

Andrea’s approach to fashion is deeply rooted in creativity and resourcefulness. Growing up without formal training in pattern making, she learned to visualize and construct garments through intuition and experimentation. This innovative spirit has defined her work, earning her recognition and admiration in the fashion community. “I think you store a lot of information through the years. It’s there until you need it,” Andrea noted, emphasizing the value of accumulated experience and inspiration.

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Chicago’s inclusive and expressive fashion culture resonated with Andrea, allowing her to thrive and connect with like-minded individuals. “What I love about Chicago fashion is that everybody tries to express themselves. They’re not trying to prove anything, just to be happy and show who they are,” she shared. This supportive environment has been instrumental in Andrea’s growth, fostering a sense of belonging and collaboration.

Andrea’s journey is far from over. With numerous projects in the pipeline, including styling events and a new brand collaboration, she continues to push the boundaries of her creativity. “I’m working with the MŌS brand and a new mezcal brand called Oaxaco. We’re creating fashion pieces that tell the history of mezcal,” Andrea revealed, hinting at exciting future endeavors.


Her story is a powerful reminder of the importance of perseverance, passion, and believing in oneself. For those who might doubt their own talents, Andrea’s advice is clear: “Pursue your dreams. Even if it’s just something simple like sewing, believe in yourself. What you do matters.”

In sharing her journey, Andrea not only highlights the transformative power of fashion but also inspires others to embrace their unique paths. Her story is a celebration of creativity, resilience, and the unwavering pursuit of one’s true calling. Through her work, Andrea continues to make her mark on the fashion world, one stitch at a time.