Years later, they reconnected in New York City, where Ariela was working as a pastry chef at Gramercy Tavern and Arie was an exhibition designer at the Whitney Museum. During the summer of 2020, they decided to combine their creative forces and start a fashion brand that would celebrate the vibrant culture and traditions of Mexico.
Casa Xali was born out of their admiration for traditional Mexican design and craftsmanship. They wanted to create a brand that would bridge the gap between their two neighboring cultures, and provide a platform for local artisans to showcase their unique talents.
Together, Ariela and Arie reached out to skilled artisans in their homestate of Mexico, and began collaborating with them to create a line of handmade fashion accessories. From intricate hand embroidery to beautiful hand-woven bags, each piece was crafted with care and attention to detail.
As the brand grew, Ariela and Arie remained committed to their mission of preserving traditional Mexican mastery and empowering local artisans. They also made sure to give back to their community, donating 5% of all sales to RAICES, an organization that defends the rights of immigrants and refugees.
Today, Casa Xali is a thriving fashion brand that continues to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of Mexico.