In the second part of our City Conversationseries, designer Claudia Gómez discusses starting her own artisan design company, shares the best dinner and drinks spots in Mexico City, and reveals the one item in her wardrobe that she’ll hold on to forever.
Check out the first part of City Conversations with New York jewellery designer Briar Turner here.
Life in Mexico City
Since I was one year old. I was actually born in Barcelona, Spain and after a year my parents decided to come back to Mexico City and I’ve been living here for pretty much my whole life. I did spend a year living abroad in Auckland, New Zealand and then six months in Chicago for a student exchange during university.
What do you love most about life in Mexico City?
I love the culture, the people and the way the city can offer everything. It’s a very big city, so whatever you want to do, there is some place where you will find what you’re looking for. I love that it has all sorts of areas to enjoy, such as big buildings, parks, museums, shopping malls, historical sites, and also its location allows you to find nature only an hour away.
Chaotic, fun and charming.
- Museo Jumex
- Museo Soumaya
- Museo de Antropología
- Museo de Arte Moderno
- Museo Tamayo
- Bellas Artes (Downtown)
- Mumedi (Downdown)
- MUAC (in the UNAM)
- San Ildefonso (Downtown)
- Museo Franz Mayer (Downtown)
- Museo Templo Mayor (Downtown)
- Teotihuacán (Pyramids)
- Torre Latino
- Castillo de Chapultepec
- Museo Frida Kahlo (in Coyoacán)
- Parque la Mexicana (in Santa Fe)
- Weekend getaway: Valle de Bravo or Tepoztlán.
Starting her own business
Bauhaus Mexico is a high-end furniture store, and I started working there four years ago. I was in charge of all interior design projects and personal sales at the store. I decided to leave because I wanted to do more creative things, and since I had already founded Trot two years before, I decided to take a leap of faith and dedicate myself fully to it.
Trot focuses on marble furniture and home accessories. It’s a combination of contemporary design, with artisan work. All pieces are unique, since they are handmade by Mexican artisans. Now I want to expand it, make a new collection, open to new markets and with a new vision and renewed inspiration.
- My favourite is Gin Gin – mostly for their Gin’s, which is their specialty, and my favourite drink at the moment.
- Kura – my favourite Japanese restaurant and I order the Salmondon bowl.
- Bar Xaman – is a very eccentric place, which is hidden underground in an area called Zona Rosa in the city. They have exceptional drinks, definitely a must.
- Limantour – I love the drinks they make, its quite small and cozy, and the music is great!
- Hookah Santa Fe – it’s located on the top floor of a building in the financial district, so the view of the city is amazing. They have hookahs and my favourite drink is called Santa Fe (the area where its at) which is the best maracujá smoothie/drink.
- Scotch – I love the interior design, it’s also hidden in the heart of Polanco. It has two entrances, one behind a restaurant, and the other through a dark alley. The interior is all white, elegant and they serve great cocktails.
I’m a soup girl, so I would say Consomé de pollo, which is literally chicken broth. I also enjoy quesadillas so much. They’re simple to make and I like them with avocado, sour cream and green salsa.
I think my personal style is simple, but elegant. I’m definitely a sweater girl, and lately I’ve been wearing a lot of dresses. I love being comfortable and I like versatile clothing that can be dressed up or down.
I think it’s the trench coat that my friend Sofia gave me that was once hers. I love the shape, texture and the fabric – I can’t get enough of it. It goes with everything, it’s not too thick or thin, so it can be worn in every season. I love how versatile it is, I’ve worn it for years and it reminds me of some of the best experiences I’ve had.
I recently read Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s a great book for inspiration and I believe everyone should read it. My brother Alfonso recommended it to me, and it really helped me make the decision to dedicate myself to Trot.
I’m loving the podcast Invisibilia. I specifically found the episode called, ‘The Secret Emotional Life of Clothes’ quite interesting since we do put quite a lot of emphasis into material things such as clothing.
The other podcast I’m loving is TED Radio Hour. I loved ‘The Power of Design’ episode since it talks about how design is everywhere, and how we usually think about it even if we are not designers per se. Definitely a must listen!