A fashion designer’s journey from the garment factory to Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, California – Fashion designer Johana Hernandez spends her days designing glamorous clothes, but she has never forgotten her humble beginnings.

Hernandez grew up watching her immigrant parents sew clothes in Los Angeles clothing factories. She now has her own fashion boutique, Glaudi, in the heart of Beverly Hills.

The name of his boutique honors his mother, Gladis, who now works alongside him. Hernandez also created a line for men inspired by his father, who recently died of COVID-19.

Designer Johana Hernandez grew up watching her immigrant parents sew clothes in Los Angeles clothing factories. / Credit: CBS News

“I just saw, like my parents or Latinos, working as workers, like I never thought I could have my own business or make a living by making nice clothes,” Hernandez told CBS News.

She spent her youth in Compton, just like the great tennis player Serena Williams, who now sports her models.

“She won her seat. And I think that’s how I’d like to be seen,” said Hernandez. “I earned it through hard work.”

She is also the first Salvadoran to show at Paris Fashion Week and helped build a school in her parents’ hometown.

“I just wanted to do something that empowers the community and allows those who are silent to be heard through me,” he said. “It is very inspiring to let people be proud of their origins.”

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