"Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart." - Unknown
Born in Colombia and raised in Los Angeles, David Cardona took an unconventional path to his career as a fashion designer. Initially, he utilized his talents as an aerospace engineer designing aircraft for the McDonnell Douglas Corporation. However, his love for clothing and a desire for more creativity in his work ultimately led him to change careers to designing for the fashion industry.
After seven years of working with his mentor, Richard Tyler, David created the David Cardona label. Known for razor sharp tailoring, racy styling, exquisite craftsmanship, and attention to the most intricate of details, his collection was a perfect expression of timeless modern design. David’s womenswear line has been featured in top boutiques and luxury department stores around the country including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. His designs have graced the pages of publications such as Vogue, InStyle, Vanity Fair and WWD.
Known for having a glamorous as well as bold aesthetic that encompasses both form and function, David gained a loyal celebrity following and has often outfitted Hollywood A-listers for red-carpet events. The qualities that define the David Cardona women are ambitious, confident, modern and feminine.
It was his Hollywood connections and notoriety than eventually garnered the attention of the Italian luxury brand, Cerruti 1881. In 2003, he was appointed Creative Director of the women’s clothing and accessories divisions of this Milan-based Italian brand. David has also designed for several top European and American labels including Escada, Tods, Rock & Republic and bebe, to name a few.
In 2000, David was awarded a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program for The Cher World Tour as well as received nominations for two of Janet Jackson‘s world tours and the 2004 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic closing ceremonies.
His love of photography, architecture and the arts in general continue to inspire and drive his vision of tomorrow‘s design today.