Selva Negra was founded in 2016 in a tiny Brooklyn apartment in Crown Heights. Designers, Kristen Gonzalez and Sam Romero, found an immediate connection after meeting in New York post-graduation from FIT and Parsons. Expressing design through their Latina heritage, Kristen and Sam revere big individual personalities and conceptualize through engineered comfort, contemporary shapes, and multi-use silhouettes. Selva Negra is rooted in the use of ethical practices and is committed to ethically-sourced materials, honest production, zero-waste packaging while picking up new ways to reduce their carbon footprint. Selva Negra sources their fabrics locally in Los Angeles and some imported goods from Japan and Turkey. Some of the fabric is purchased from deadstock wholesalers to reduce the amount of new fabric purchased from fabric mills. All trims are locally sourced from Los Angeles and also imported from Japan. Their collection is fully produced in Downtown Los Angeles using ethical and sustainable practices.