Our Story

 

Selva Negra was founded in 2016 in a tiny Brooklyn apartment in Crown Heights.   The collection represents drive, holistic energy, united empowerment, careful craftsmanship, and engineered comfort. Designers, Kristen Gonzalez and Sam Romero found an immediate connection after meeting in New York post-graduation from FIT (KG) and Parsons (SR). They unite their Annie Hall tomboy style and bold feminine identity to embody a collection that aims to support women and their individuality. Influenced by their Latina heritage, they support their collection with intentionality and strength to combine a collective of honest and mindful products made in Los Angeles, California.

 

Our Products

We source our fabrics locally in Los Angeles, CA and some imported goods from Japan and Turkey.  All trims are locally sourced from Los Angeles and also imported from Japan. Our collection is fully produced in Downtown Los Angeles using ethical and sustainable practices.

Factory Owner: Tania

She's been in business for over 15 years in the same office in Downtown LA.  She loves traveling to different countries with her husband and is extremely diligent with her production.

 Sewing Operators: Johnny + Edgar

They have been sewing for over 15 years and have worked with Tania for a little over 8 years.  They are incredibly efficient, pay close attention to detail, and work with integrity. 

 

Sample Makers: The Maria's

Maria L. 

 

Maria was our first sample maker and solo-production sewer.  She's extremely positive and has a great sense of humor.  She has taught us so much!

Maria P

Maria P. is Kristen's neighbor and is one of the sweetest women we have ever met.  She stumbled upon our garage studio in late 2018 and introduced herself and has been our sample-making angel ever since.

 

Our Story told by Bese