Montserrat New York represents the restless energy of New York City mixed with a nostalgia of carefree summer love on the beaches of Costa Brava. Each piece is designed with the mentality of what one would pack for a last minute trip: pieces that can take you from a comfortable yet chic travel outfit, to a night out dancing with friends. Montserrat grows and lives out of Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.
Montserrat New York was born out of the two worlds of designer and founder, Carolina Cordón-Bouzán: New York City and Barcelona. Born and raised in Manhattan, Carolina grew up watching her grandfather hand make window-piece jewelry for the likes of Tiffany’s, Harry Winston, and Queen Sofia of Spain in his midtown atelier and showroom, and spent her summers running through her paternal grandparents’ garment factory in Costa Brava. Carolina’s family history in design and fashion ultimately led her to create a label straddling multicultural lifestyles of Costa Brava and New York, and embodying the strong and sensual women that stomp the streets of both destinations.
In September of 2018, Gayle Yelon began consulting on Montserrat with Carolina, which quickly flourished into their dynamic partnership that sits at the core of the brand today. Gayle has brought a background of fashion venture capital, event management, and her love for Manhattan. She focuses on marketing, collaborations, and creative brand vision, while Carolina works on product planning, production, and operations. Carolina and Gayle work as a collaborative team in every aspect of the brand and their vision. Their days include texting, DMing, calling, and Facetiming with a constant stream of "What if we did this!” and “We can do that better!” They are thinking of the brand non-stop and ways to create products that their customers will adore and have never seen before.