The Interview — Cristina Lynch, Founder of Mi Golondrina
In 2013 Cristina Lynch launched Mi Golondrina to bridge the gap between the modern women’s wardrobe and the traditions of Mexico. Mi Golondrina partners with over 450 artisans in Mexico to create unique, one of a kind, handmade pieces that represent Mexico's designs and culture. In partnering with independent artisans, the hand stitched embroidery work provides sustainable income for women who are able to work in the home while they care for their families. As a company, Mi Golondrina is committed to empowering female artisans.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Cristina grew up in a home rooted in the rich culture of her Mother's Mexican heritage and love of Mexican art, which was instrumental in the creation of Mi Golondrina. After spending a number of years in New York City for both college and a career in fashion, Cristina returned home to start Mi Golondrina. The collection is sold in their Dallas flagship store, online, and at their pop-ups.
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What led you to start Mi Golondrina:
My mother is from Mexico and loves the culture more than anyone I know. Being raised with that love made me want to start a company that shows the beauty of Mexico through artisans.
What do you love most about your work:
That I have the opportunity to be able to learn from such incredible women here in Dallas and in Mexico.
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Walk us through a typical work day:
I’m lucky that every day is different. I try to get to the office around 8:30 before the team arrives and we do our 9 AM “stand up." It’s a great way to start the day—I love seeing everyone’s face and remembering how many people it takes to make our company work. It’s also a good time for everyone to prioritize what they need to accomplish that day. The rest of the day is spent on production and marketing. We are always perfecting patterns so that we have the perfect fit for our customers.
Who has had the biggest impact on your career:
My family has definitely had the biggest impact on my career. They always make everything seem possible and encourage me to keep doing my best. Six years in, it is hard to name just one person but I have learned so much from the women I am fortunate enough to work with and our customers have also helped me tremendously. We truly have a great community.
Best career advice you’ve received:
My aunt, Jan Barboglio, always said don’t quit. It’s very simple but everyone will have a day that’s tough and it has been so enriching to not stop and to always continue to grow and learn.
Your favorite piece of clothing in your closet:
This is tough… My favorite piece right now is a beautiful embroidered dress that is from our Pensamiento collection. It has the traditional floral embroidery but also has embroidered Mexican eagles on it that make it so special.
Your most recent beauty or fashion discovery:
I guess this is more of a rediscovery but my mom used to always put Benefit Benetint on my cheeks when I was little and because of that I have always loved blush. I recently bought a bottle of it and love how it keeps a nice rosy stain on my face all day.
If you were to recommend buying one thing from Mi Golondrina, what would it be:
A piece from our Flores collection. I’m constantly in awe of the embroidery combinations that our artisan partners create—they are truly works of art.
Favorite Instagram account to follow:
It’s so hard to just name one—my current favorite follows are: Elizabeth Chambers - Bird Bakery; Being Bridget - Bridget; Alex Williamson & Whitney Wolfe of Bumble; Alex - Defined Dish; Emily Weiss - Glossier.
What’s next for Mi Golondrina:
While we are always busy collaborating with artisans and coming out with new designs and perfecting the fit with our team here in Dallas, we have a few exciting things coming up including:
New dress silhouettes for our Flores collection
Collaboration with Cabana Magazine on Tabletop
Opening a six month long pop-up in Houston in mid-September