When we purchase our products we understand the impact that this has on our artisans. What we haven't really thought about, until recently, was the effect that our efforts have on people who read the stories or stumble upon our site. This is where Wil Orellana comes in. Wil randomly contacted us on instagram (side note: we're realizing how important social media and all those #hashtags really are!) expressing interest in doing a style shoot for the Lula Mena collection. Many aspects about unikati & co excite us, including these random collaborations. We have a few more up our sleeve so stay tuned. In the meantime, read what bringing the Lula Mena collection to Canada means to Wil and have a look at how he styled the pieces.
"My name is Wil Orellana, better known in the creative world as "Only1o". I was born in El Salvador, Central America, and was raised in Costa Rica and Canada. My family settled in the city of Toronto, where I have spent the majority of my life. I have always had a passion for the arts, whether it be music, art, design or photography. My goal has always been to find new ways to express myself and my imagination. Because of my roots and history, I consider shooting for Lula Mena a small part of a dream coming true. A strong believer in giving back, I know in my heart that it is my duty to contribute in some way to the people of El Salvador, a country that I have become so accustomed to hearing negative things about. When I read Lula's story on the Unikati blog, I was so moved by it that I had to go see the pieces for myself. I love hearing stories of people making a difference, especially through art, so it was my honour to shoot for people that are fighting to bring positive change. I am grateful of the opportunity and will continue to deploy my efforts in giving back to my beloved El Salvador."
All photos and edits are courtesy of Wil (Only1o) and feature jewelry and accessories from the Lula Mena collection (up on our site soon, we promise).
Photographer: Wil "Only1o" Orellana
Assistant: Dave Cyr
Makeup: Sarah Halim
Model: Claudia F of Models International Management