When Americae's art director is not working on mood boards for graphic direction, designing marketing collateral, conducting trend research, or working on other projects, Elisa Manjarrés can be found pursuing her other passions, which include yoga and surfing.
An affinity for the latter was born from Elisa's love for the ocean. Though she is originally from Medellín, the landlocked capital of Colombia's mountainous Antioquia province, surfing is something she has always loved.
Elisa now resides in South Philadelphia. Living in the city allows for frequent trips to the beach to practice her favorite pastime.
Elisa is both adventurous and the epitome of zen. In the office, she is a source of calm encouragement. Speaking to her sense of creative adventure, she has always explored various types of design. However, clothing is the creative medium that speaks to her the most because it is an outward physical display of personal expression.
Role at Americae?
What do you love about what you do?
I love that I get to work on various projects that allow me to use different skills. I love that I get to do it all and I do not have to choose between product or graphic design.
Where are you from?
I am from Medellín, Colombia. I spent the first 18 years of my life there. Then I moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina for a few years. A piece of my heart will always be there. I have lived in Philadelphia for 4 years and love it. It is a great balance between a vibrant city and a laid back town. You can usually find me at a yoga studio or one of the many wonderful coffee shops in South Philadelphia.
I went to school for fashion at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. At the end of my academic career I focused on editorial design and graphic mediums, like illustration. I did a study abroad exchange at Universidad De Buenos Aires in Argentina where I specialized in fashion sociology and fashion journalism.
Sun in Virgo with Pisces rising. Good balance between earth and water.
It tends to vary a lot. For music I love Alabama Shakes, Solange, Rolling Stones, Dr. Dog, and Jungle. I am a big fan of political satire and John Oliver and Stephen Colbert are at the top of my list. Also, Malena Pichot, a comedian from Argentina, is fantastic and Louise Bourgeois is my favorite when it comes to contemporary art. Stefania Tejada, a great Colombian illustrator, and Garance Dorée. I cannot stop naming them.
Where do you like to shop?
Glossier is my go to for makeup. For skin care I love Grown Alchemist, Youth to the People, and Red Earth. (Trying to stay young forever.)
Dream travel destination?
I will travel anywhere, but if the ocean is near, you can count me in for sure. I love the beach. Surfing is one of my favorite hobbies. I try to surf as often as I can.
Favorite Americae piece and how to style it?
The Paralelo Ring. It is a staple. I can wear it with everything and it elevates every look. I love the clean parallel lines and intricate braid on the band. It is made of 24k gold and pairs well with everything.
Who do you think embodies the Americae woman?
Currently, I am deeply in love with Alexandria Ocasio Cortéz. She is a very inspiring woman; my political spirit animal. Jonathan Van Ness from Queer Eye. He is the definition of magical realism, and can wear a gown like no other. Stephanie Gilmore, because no one can ride a wave like she does. My yoga teacher, Mariel Freeman from Three Queens Yoga in Philadelphia, because she is a strong business and family woman. Lastly, but not least, Amelia Earhart, Hillary Clinton, Oprah, and Lena Waithe.
In short, if you are fearlessly being yourself and pursuing your dreams you are the Americae Woman.
Drink of choice?
Beer, gin and tonic, and matcha everything.
Describe your style?
My closet is full of neutral colors and pieces that are easy to mix and match with a pop of color. My version of femininity has a touch of tomboy.
Whatâ€™s on your bookshelf?
I loved Barbarian Days by William Finnegan, one of the most compelling and fun memoirs I have read in a while. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera is my all time favorite. Everything Haruki Murakami writes is incredible. I also love The New Yorker and The Atlantic.