Mariel Gamboa founded TRANOI (famous Paris fashion trade fair) in 1989 and ran it as its president until 2003.
Following her entrepreneurial spirit, Mariel went on to found the LENY (Limited Editions New York) project in 2007. This annual event gathered the top names in the fashion industry including celebrity designers such as Gwenyth Paltrow, Jade Jagger, Kate Moss, and Christy Turlington as well as designer labels like Missoni, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, Lutz & Patmos, and Costume Nationale, who all took part to support a project dedicated for a good cause.
The net proceeds from the 3-day sale of LENY were donated to Al Gore’s Climate Project, a non-profit organization that encourages people and governments to take action against global warming by promoting environmental research and awareness. The slogan for the event was “Design for a cause and save the planet.” LENY served to bridge together the fashion industry and environmental protection and was featured in magazines all over the globe, such as Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, and Elle to name a few.
It was also here at LENY where Mariel teamed up with Yvonne Sporre, proposing that Yvonne create a one-piece limited-edition design that would be presented at the fundraising event in New York (September 2007). Little did they know, this design would later become the iconic Maxi Hippy Dress and the beginning of the Yvonne S Label.
Following the LENY event, Mariel Gamboa encouraged Yvonne not only to design again, but to create their own label where Yvonne would be the creative power and Mariel would develop the business.
Mariel’s passion for creating and developing a business joined with Yvonne’s endless and effortless creative talent enabled the pair to garner major success, and a few years later they found themselves selling to numerous multi brand stores around the world.