Grad Featured on Spectrum News 1's LA Stories Unfiltered
Merchandise Product Development Graduate Johana Hernandez recently shared her story with LA Stories Unfiltered, the companion podcast to the weekly television series on Spectrum News 1, hosted by Giselle Fernandez. Johana, who is the designer and owner of Glaudi, said she’s determined to use fashion "for good” by creating a culture of respect for her dressmakers, educating children in El Salvador, creating jobs in Compton (where she was raised), and mentoring young women in Southern California.
As a child, Johana said she watched her Salvadorian parents work long hours for little pay in garment sweatshops. Today, her family works with her on the Glaudi collection. In the episode, Johana discusses her background, studying at FIDM, and her desire to dress people of all shapes and sizes in high fashion and bridal designs. She also talked about giving back and opening a shop in iconic Beverly Hills. "There needs to be more of us," she said. "It's so nice to be an American Latina here in the capital of fashion."
Since graduating from FIDM, Johana has shown at Paris Fashion Week and designed for celebrity clients such as Serena Williams, Nicole Richie, Bella Thorne, and Paulina Rubio, among others. The FIDM Graduate recently launched a men’s line in honor of her late father, who she credits with teaching her the importance of making people feel good. "Out of the loss of my dad, I was able to create this men's line that just empowers men to dress for success and to look good and feel great, too," she said.
Learn more at glaudicollection.com and on Instagram @glaudibyjohanahernandez.