Arturo is a originally from West Texas and is heavily influenced by Native American / The Aztec Civilization. The Millennial is the youngest of three sibling to whom was born into a first generation Mexican American family that immigrated from Ciudad Acuña, Coahuila De Zaragoza in 1980. He grew up in a very rigorous and strict Jehovah Witness family until his parents divorced when he was 9. He was not allowed to watch tv, watch movies,  have friends, celebrate holidays, celebrate birthdays, participate in school events, attend social activities, praise the flag, give blood, read publications other then Jehovah Witness ones, participate in sports, amongst many other restrictions.

Duran did not know until his parents divorced that a whole WORLD excisted.

Duran attended the University of  the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and studied Fashion Design and Education defying his parents wishes as they suggested a more formal profession in the medical field. During his brief tenure as an educator, he found himself dissatisfied in that career and decided to focus his energy into the artistic void that ensued. He created his first collection and showed the pieces in 2017 after working on the garments for painstaking 3 years. He created the head pieces and jewelry last as they were created in the moment during the model fittings in his home. All the pieces were hand embroidered by him and his mother using sequins and beads that were purchase in his mothers home town back in Mexico. Th ... view more »

Artist Statement of Work

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Fashion and Art have been the ultimate channels in which I'm able to express my emotions and be heard without speaking. They are purely subjective and therefore I live by three simple rules when it comes to creating my work:  

#1 Our imagination sets the standards of beauty

#2 We should be grateful for everything that comes our way

#3 It’s important to be express what's inside and project this emotions into ideas

  These three rules set the stage for limitless inspiration and opportunities for the House of Duran. I'm continuously open and embrace new ideas and always looks at life through the lenses of a damaged but auspicious view.  

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