CALMO was born in 2017 as an outlet for the designer’s passion for design with purpose. A rich collaborative process between Alice and local artisans explores natural processes and manual techniques, in an attempt to shine a light on forgotten skills. The designer seeks to elevate local craftsmanship, igniting innovation in a production process based on sheer experimentation.
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Alice Otegui graduated in Fashion and Textile Design from ORT University in 2014. During her studies she did an exchange program at Parsons School of Design in New York, where she was exposed to the full scope of sustainability in the fashion field and took an interest in the pivotal role of designers in the future of fashion.
Raised between the city and the countryside in Tacuarembó, Alice spent her childhood amongst her mother’s constructive oil paintings and the scented wood of eucalyptus trees. She developed a sensitivity for abstract art and fascination for nature which defines the narrative of her personal brand.
América invertida, drawing, 1943.
Joaquín Torres García, Uruguayan, 1874-1949.