Tell us a bit about yourself
My name is Vanessa Orjuela, currently living in New Jersey. I was born and raised in Miami. My background is Colombian, Cuban and Chinese. My main job is modeling but I like to keep busy with my creative side. I love disco balls and macrame so I decided I would combine them to make my pieces more unique and a little more fun. During COVID last year my husband and I decided to escape to Tulum, Mexico for a few weeks. One day we planned to go to a cenote and on the way there we stumbled upon a hidden street market where they had beautiful macrame and crochet home decor like wall hangings, lamps and hammocks. I fell in-love instantly and wanted to take so many pieces home but of course could not. I thought to myself I’m going to learn how to make beautiful pieces like these. I even told the sales lady and she laughed at me lol. We did get two beautiful pieces and took pics of some pieces I wanted to recreate in my own way. When I got back home I went on Pinterest and YouTube to learn the craft of macrame and at first it was a bit difficult but once I learned the main basic knots I was good to go.
What made you start your company?
COVID is what made me start my business, I was not working and I was very bored at home lol even though I’ve been modeling for many years I’ve always liked to do something that kept my creative juices flowing. I used to make feathered headbands, studded phone cases and so many other things to make extra cash and keep that creative side alive. It had been a while since I had tapped into that side of me and it truly makes me happy.
Tell me about your product and brand?
My products consist of dresses that are meant to be worn as cover ups on the beach, and cool pieces to wear to music festivals or wherever and however you please. My brand is meant to make you feel like a goddess! The name came from my awesome husband. Tulum + Macrame = Tulucramé