Get those credit cards ready, ladies: Mi Golondrina is now open in Rice Village. Marking the brand’s first-ever six-month popup, just in time for Mexico’s Independence Day (September 16), the Dallas-based company’s Houston Hacienda will offer high-end embroidered blouses and dresses for both women and children, as well as its custom finish program.
The new pop-up will be open through March 2020.
Houstonians can also shop the exclusive Valle Feliz blouses made by skilled artisans from San Vicente Coatlán, a town in Oaxaca in southern Mexico, in which they use a cross-stitch technique to portray people, flowers, and animals.
Mi Golondrina’s founder, Cristina Lynch, tells CultureMap that the marriage of her brand and Houston is a perfect fit. “Houston is a city that wears [Mi Golondrina] out to dinner,” Lynch says. “They love going to a restaurant and feel put together in a beautifully embroidered blouse.”
Lynch, who founded the company in 2013, notes that it was important to her to show off the beauty of Mexico. As Mi Golondrina grew, she learned about the stories and inspiration behind the 200-year-old tradition.
Living in New York and working in sales at Oscar de la Renta, Lynch realized the internationally recognized fashion house and the indigenous artisans had something in common: both produced handmade designs. “Why are they looked at differently,” Lynch asks. “It just didn’t make sense to me.”
Lynch adds that Mi Golondrina is not an import company. “It’s a true collaboration and partnership with the artisans,” she says.
The 2,500-square-foot space features accessories and art from both Lynch and her mother’s personal collections, pairing nicely with pieces from designer Jan Barboglio, Lynch’s aunt.
“When I was little, I was fortunate enough to see a hacienda and understand what that world was; it’s so romantic,” Lynch says. “To me, it’s truly the romance of our brand.”
The Houston Hacienda highlights the artisans Mi Golondrina partners with and their hand-stitched embroidery process in a museum-like collection of photographs.
Mi Golondrina is located in Rice Village at 2528 Amherst St. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; and Sunday, noon to 5 pm.