Loren Aragon of Maricopa has been making a name for himself in Arizona's fashion scene. Submitted photo

For the second year in a row, Acoma Pueblo designer Loren Aragon of Maricopa will represent Native American fashion in contention for Designer of the Year in the 2017 Phoenix Fashion Week Designer Bootcamp.

Aragon continues to push Native fashion forward with designs that have seized the attention of a greater audience with his brand ACONAV.

Aragon’s brand began as a greeting card company in 2008. The name ACONAV is a representation of the respective cultures of Loren and his wife Valentina; Loren of the Acoma Pueblo and Valentina of the Navajo (Diné). Aragon ventured into the fine arts then later into jewelry making and eventually into fashion design. Pottery prints are a signature to Aragon’s fashion designs and are all original graphic designs.

“To be recognized again by this acclaimed organization is an honor and means that they believe in my brand,” Aragon said. “It is a much-anticipated return for two reasons – a chance to go after the Designer of the Year title again, but most importantly it’s another year of representing Native fashion on a grand runway in the southwest.”

Phoenix Fashion Week is Oct. 4-7 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.

This item appears in the August issue of InMaricopa.


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