Maternal last names can get lost through marriage but Designer Paola Contreras made sure that her grandmother’s maiden name would live forever through Inclán. Paola is one third of the diverse team that makes up Inclán. And the story goes, Paola stalked Clarence Lee, Clarence stalked Thao Phuong Le, and they all designed happily ever after. (Ha ha!)
They are able to create together because of the unmatched work ethic that they share. Paola, Clarence, and Thao graduated from the Art Institute in 2013,2014, and 2015 respectively. The only reason they took notice of each other is because they were always at school working. Paola knew she wanted to build a team to help Inclán flourish and what better way to do that than seeing someones expertise in an educational setting. Once Clarence and Paola were solidified they then set their eyes on Thao who seemed to have a sought after set of skills.
As this trio continued to work together they sort of fell into different specialties that help make something as complicated as fashion design just a bit simpler. Thao is a pattern making extraordinaire while Clarence is a maven with illustration and technical design while Paola spearheads concepts as well as fabric selections.
Inclán is known for classic design that is “different”. By different I mean ready-to- wear pieces that are perfectly fabric blocked with pockets on nearly everything. Inclan is edgy, fun, unique, refined and most importantly, all the magic happens right here in Houston Texas! It just doesn’t get much better that that.
Spending time at the Inclán Studio has taught me much more about the design process than I’ve ever known. It was crazy fun, team oriented and I can’t wait to go back! Now that you’re smitten like I am, you can get Inclan online, at Azuz Boutique and Sloan Hall. Enjoy!