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Brenda Scholenfeld



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Los Castillo



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In 1939, the young Castillo brothers Miguel, Coco, Antonio, Chato and their cousin, Salvador, began working as apprentices in the Taxco workshop of American-born artist William Spratling,  

who is widely acknowledged for his important influence on 20th century Mexican silver design.


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Having learned from a master, the Castillo brothers established their own silversmith workshop in 1946 under the name Los Castillo. Inspired by the heritages of the Toltec, Aztec, and Maya peoples, their innovative, award-winning designs became known throughout Mexico and Latin America and were widely exhibited in the Americas and Europe. 


 

 



 

 


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Their works of art were exhibited throughout the Americas and Europe.

 They were recognized and celebrated with five Mexico Presidential Awards.

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Chato Castillo

 

 

 

 

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Coco Castillo, Antonio Castillo y Miguel Castillo

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Los Castillo’s legacy continues under the auspices of Antonio Castillo’s children, Lili, Wolmar and Emilia, and Emilia’s daughter, Cristina Romo Castillo.

 

 


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Los Castillo workshop

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The road to success comes through hard work, determination, and sacrifice.

 

 


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“Successful people are not gifted; they just work hard, then succeed on purpose.”  

 – G.K. Nielson

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“It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.”  

 – Branch Rickey

 

 


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Antonio Castillo

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Emilia Castillo

  

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Emilia   Brenda’s first cousin Emilia Castillo grew up playing in the wonderful Taxco silver workshop of her father, Antonio Castillo, watching him and her uncles design and craft beautiful housewares and jewelry. Surrounded by silver, copper, iron, gemstones and tools, Emilia began creating toys and fun objects. She dove right into the family business, developing a new, patented technique for applying silver to porcelain.Her appreciation for nature, which is grounded in the magnificent waterfall, gardens and wildlife surrounding the Los Castillo workshop, inspires her magnificent work. 

Every piece is entirely hand made in accordance with the tradition of Los Castillo, Many notables have commissioned her to create works for special occasions and for prominent individuals, including His Holiness Pope John Paul II, presidents of the Republic of Mexico, HRH Prince Charles and various heads of state. 






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Emilia is a two-time winner of the top award at the National Silver Festival, the most prestigious silver design competition in México.






www.emiliacastillo.com

www.emiliacastillojewelry.com

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The biggest adventure you can take is to leve the life of your dreams



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Beauty is being the best version of yourself

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Exclusive set for Neiman Marcus.

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Handmade pitcher of sterling silver, malachite and rope.

 

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“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” 

 – Albert Einstein


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Emilia invented a patented process that fuses sterling silver with porcelain.

 

 

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Emilia Castillo a two-time winner of the galardón presidential award, the most prestigious silver design competition in México

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Cristina Castillo



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C ristina Romo was born in Mexico City and reared amid the beautiful flora, fauna and waterfall of the family homestead in Taxco. 

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Her mother, Emilia Castillo, promptly introduced her to the world of design and metal smithing, teaching her the ancient techniques she had learned from her father, maestro Antonio Castillo. 


 

 


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Cristina Romo’s passion for nature manifests in her stunning, lovingly resolved contemporary designs. 

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Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

 

 


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Wolmar Castillo


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Brenda’s uncle Wolmar Castillo designs and crafts special commissioned pieces. 

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Sterling silver and rosewood coffee set.




 

 

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Sterling silver, brass and  malachite pitcher. 




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Tachi Castillo


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B renda’s beloved grandmother Tachi Castillo was the famed fashion designer who created the timeless “Mexican look.”  Her innovative design revolutionized the way Mexican clothing was perceived by the world, establishing her as a key player in the international fashion industry.

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Tachi Castillo started in the mid 1930’s and her fashion styles made a 

lasting impression that spanned for over 5 decades.

Tachi, combined colors, fabrics, native prints and embroidery, 

with modern tailoring creating a unique style, that would become the famous 

“Mexican Look”, favored and imitated by thousands.  

 

 

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Famous personalities who followed Tachi’s fashion were: 

Frida Kahlo, Paulette Godard, Lana Turner, Joan Fontaine, 

Dolores del Rio, Maria Felix, Brigitte Bardot, 

Princess Anne, and many more.


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Fun, feminine and romantic, Tachi’s deft blend of modern tailoring with native prints, embroidery, colors and fabrics created a unique style that was favored and imitated by thousands. 

 

 

 


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Inspired by the artistic movements of the era and the promotion of Mexican nationalism, Tachi, created stylized versions of native costumes that appealed to the artists and stars of her time.

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Her cotton pin tucked dresses became the hallmark of her brand and were world renowned as the signature Mexican wedding dress.

 

 

 

 


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You should never sacrifice three things in life: your family, your heart, or your dignity.


www.tachicastillo.com

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Michele Michel


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Brenda’s cousin Michele Michele was born in Taxco and grew up in an astonishing multicultural family from different corners of Mexico and the world. From birth she was exposed to different cultures, food and languages and became a fluent speaker of Spanish, English, Italian and French.

Michelle studied fashion design in Rome at the Istituto Europeo di Design. She worked as head designer for a Roman fashion firm before and after she graduated and also had the opportunity to design costumes for a small film directed by Mauro Borrelli. Michele so enjoyed storytelling through wardrobing that it became her passion. This led her to serve as a costumer on Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather: Part III.

Michele now works in Los Angeles as a costume designer for film and television and is a member of the Costume Designers Guild.



www.michelemichel.com

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