Born in the United States, to a Greek father and a Mexican-American mother, and raised in Greece, Anna Paola’s designs capture her cross-cultural upbringing under the sun of the Aegean islands and the coasts of Mexico. Anna Paola’s curiosity about different cultures which is evident in her designs, started as a child during her travels with her parents. She was mesmerized by the fascinating colors and crafts she discovered during these trips. Whether it was wrapping herself in exquisite silks in India, admiring the Masai beaded jewelry in Africa or visiting the Mexican markets with their vibrant colors; these experiences have been a source of inspiration that has influenced her body of work. Her designs involve extensive research in libraries and museums, combining creativity with an informed perspective on design, coloring, and ergonomics. This particular approach reflects not only Anna Paola’s training at Instituto Marangoni in Milan and London, but also an attention to detail learned while working with Alexander McQueen and Hussein Chalayan. Curious to know more about Anna Paola? Check out our Q&A with the designer to find out what pieces from Cooperativa she'd pair with her own line and more.