UNIK’ Anita Lara

My inspiration comes from my love for my ancestral culture. With it I propose a global trend to new generations, that we celebrate our millenium-old cultures.

Every person has ancestors from different parts of the world, and with UNIK’ I present designs inspired by the culture in my region: Guatemala, where the Mayas were born 3,000 years ago.

Each UNIK’ piece is an expression of art, created with haute couture vanguard designs and with Maya textiles and 'huipiles'.

The 'huipil' is an artistic tradition that comes down from the Maya women, where with much high visual energy they express fantasies filled with forms and colors,  a medium through which they tell the story of their regions. It’s an exquisite art form that deserves to be recognized.

UNIK’ means that every piece is unique in the world, because every 'huipil' is hand-made, and non-repeatable, and thus every woman who wears a UNIK’ piece feels the magic of that honor.

We work with export quality textiles and 'huipiles' that don’t stain or shrink.

At UNIK’ we achieve exceptional pieces thanks to the stark contrast between haute couture vanguard designs and ancestral Maya art.

My dream with this initiative is that the Maya culture is experienced around the world and appreciation for Guatemalan art reaches the highest level.

UNIK’ moments

For the first time in history Guatemala's National Symphony Orchestra performed in matching outfits. The women wore a UNIK’ Gala gown made with satin and a beautiful Maya fabric stitched with black cotton and golden metallic threads.

UNIK’ in the fashion capital of the world.

UNIK’ was a part of a Guatemalan Art exhibit in Taiwan.

Anita with 3 models in Antigua Guatemala.

Spanish soprano Belén Röig at a concert in Madrid wearing a UNIK’ gown.

Spanish soprano Belén Röig in concert at Guatemala's Teatro Nacional.

Elisa Vegas, niece of Carolina Herrera, became the first woman in history to direct the National Symphonic Orchestra, seen here wearing a UNIK’ gown.

Anish singer of the Group Timbiriche wearking UNIK’ at a fundraising gala.

Guatemala's First Lady Patricia Morales wearing a UNIK’ gown crafted with cotton using jaspe technique.

Zury Ríos, during her presidential campaign, wearing a beautiful handcrafted jacket in her favorite color.

Miss Guatemala and Miss International 1984 Julieta Urrutia.

Laura Vadillo Urrutia, daughter of Julieta Urrutia, Miss Guatemala 1984, represented Guatemala at Miss International in Tokyo, Japan.

Melanie Stemller, Mrs. Central America in Belarus wearing UNIK’.

TV presenter Lorraine Quinto wearing UNIK’.

With a spectacular UNIK' dress, Melanie Müllers greets the US presidential couple at the Red Cross Gala.

Grammy Award winner Gaby Moreno wearing UNIK'.

Another way that Anita has found to contribute socially is by having fundraiser events, these past two years, she has had 5 Fashion Shows to benefit the works of Valle de Panchoy Foundation, Margarita Tejada Foundation, FundaNiñas, The Rotary Club and Fundecan.