British creative director David James’ elegant, subtle, and inventive style of creative direction and design has made him a leading creative force within fashion, publishing, and art. He is perhaps best known for his art direction of Prada’s campaigns, which he worked on from 1997-2019. David has been creative director on campaigns including Dior, Louis Vuitton, Phillip Lim, Dunhill, Alexander McQueen, Berluti, Missoni, Shiseido, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Miu Miu. His work has received several prestigious awards. He was also creative director for AnOther Magazine and Another Man Magazine between 2005-2015. David experienced a spiritual awakening after his wife and partner of 32 years - María Jesús Balduz James died from cancer in February 2018. After witnessing Maria’s soul transcend, James embarked on a journey of spiritual growth and healing which led him to the remarkable Dead Soon art project and a collaboration with studio.xyz.
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Héctor Esrawe is considered Mexico’s most prominent designer of the 21st century. Age 22, when Mexico’s design industry was isolated from the rest of the world, Héctor established the multidisciplinary design practice Esrawe Studio. Esrawe’s award-winning designs consist of furniture, object and interior design, as well as architecture, public space installation, and museography. He is a founding partner of EWE, VISSIO, MASA, Xinú perfume and Casa del Agua, which collects rainwater and filters it into alkaline natural drinkable water. Héctor’s work is present in the permanent collection of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. “I am still carrying the grief of my mother who died after a long period of sickness when I was 25. It devastated my family and I became everyone’s pillar. My unresolved grief has been an endless mourn. I would avoid anything related to death until recently, in my work, I found design inspiration from urns and ancient burials, a type of reconciliation with death. I was intrigued by Dead Soon. It gave me a strong sense of a loved one's presence.”