Our Story

Meet Lola

The story or our brand begins like so many, with family.

And Tula...

Lola y Tula were my grandmothers...

My grandmothers were beautiful, loving, daring and pillars of strength. Lola and Tula came from two very different places in Mexico. One North, the other South. Lola, with her skin dark, her hair coarse and white, an obvious trait of her indigenous Huichol ancestry, from the state of Nayarit. Tula, with a face like porcelain, a mother to children who freckled in the sun, more European, from the state of Sonora close to the American border. In a country and time where women were usually not owners,  not bread winners and didn't have contradictory voices- these women were doing just that. Where many women of this time and place were usually left in quiet corners to go unnoticed and under appreciated, these two defied expectations. This site, in a small but meaningful way, serves to remember their spirit and being part of their legacy is an honor. 
LOLA Y TULA is a curated collection of Mexican, handmade folk art. It is my grandmothers model of integrity and pride, I hope to mirror with the beautiful items selected for this site. Just like them, each item is extraordinary and exemplifies the highest standard of quality, traditions, artistry and the story of generations carrying out the customs of the people of Mexico. 
I am thrilled to offer these gorgeous items to those who already share my passion for the incredible art work of Mexico, and even more excited to help those discovering these treasures. It's what I love best, mixing the old and new, sleek lines and ornate embellishments, bringing worlds together, just like my grandmothers.

Hola! I'm Gardenia

I've lived many places... Arizona, Spain, Ireland and New York, but it's California that's become my home. Creativity, travel and adventure is what has motivated me throughout my life. Spanish was my first language and I am first generation American, the proud daughter of two of the hardest working immigrants from Mexico. 
I play classical piano, have memorized an insane amount of pop songs, dance involuntarily throughout the day and make a mean Margarita. I'm the mother to two blonde, beautiful babies who inspire me constantly and exhaust me regularly. 
I have worked with some of the most prestigious brands in Fashion, but have found greater rewards explaining to a first time customer, how an indigenous artist uses a back strap loom to make her dress.
LOLA Y TULA is a platform, a connection a reminder and a mirror... for my children and my abuelitas, te quiero.