The contradiction of my life is starting Commune and Memoir which is all about broad vocabulary and well-spoken English when English is not even my native language. The brand involves an aspiration of eloquent speech; the struggle of the immigrant with a great appreciation for language who is obliged to interact using one that they don’t dominate with confidence; the excitement of discovering that some words rooted in Latin that are common in Spanish also exist in English (even though they are rather uncommon in everyday conversation/small talk); or just the nostalgia of speaking fluently and unselfconsciously. Laura De Valencia, Co-founder.
Laura De Valencia is a Colombian lawyer turned artist with a BFA in advertising design from the Savannah College of Art and Design. She is currently an MFA candidate in studio art at Florida State University and the creative director of NY-based apparel brand Commune and Memoir. Laura works and resides in Tallahassee, FL.