Every time we ring in a New Year we think of the past years and how far we have come. This Editorial was shot in Nuevo León, Mexico a territory founded in 1580 by Luis Carvajal y de la Cueva a well known Forced Portuguese Converted Jew, as many families coming to the New Spain. Mexico, New Spain at the time was under the ruthless authority of the Spanish Inquisition which considered judaism a crime and persecuted forced converts suspected of practicing judaism.
Nuevo Reino de León as well as other provinces as such as modern day Coahuila, Texas, Zacatecas, Guerrero and Michoacan along with the Capital had many ¨converted¨families living with fear of the Spanish Inquisition.
Many traditions faltered, people hid their jewish past but we can find many traditions and dishes that were once jewish as important part of Mexican culture in these regions, specially Nuevo León. Some might argue this is not true but current DNA testing of people hailing from these provinces have shown that they do have a Sephardic origin.
In this Editorial I wanted to mix a little bit of the hidden history of Nuevo Leon with an up-and-coming designer from Monterrey and his brand Atelier Sesenta y Cuatro, Daniel Guerra a Texas born model and some Israeli influences I picked over in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
It is fun to play with culture and even more so to imagine what a Nuevo Reino de León Style would be if our Jewish heritage would have not perished under the Spanish Inquisition.
Hope you enjoy the editorial, and if you want to learn more about the jewish heritage of Nuevo Leon, Texas and Mexico you can check out the many articles and research made by the Centro Carvajal Sefarad in Monterrey.
Clothes: Atelier Sesenta y Cuatro (Nuevo León), Kalevala Buddy Earth Americas Necklace by BiiSafe/Kalevala Koru and Beerdigan by The Nordic Outpost (Finland)
Model: Daniel Guerra (Texas/Nuevo León)
Photography and concept: Beto Guzman Abundes (Mexico)