José Cruz

A video teaser on the Mexican maestro of glass engraving

by Gregory Stefano On a recent visit to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, we had the privilege of meeting José Cruz Guillén Peña, one of the few remaining (and quite possibly the best living) master craftsmen of the “Pepita” method of glass engraving. Enjoy this peek into how Cruz carves beautiful designs using a stone wheel, and check back for a full video detailing the …

Beatrice Valenzuela Handmade Shoes

Designer Beatrice Valenzuela first began her love affair with fine footwear in Mexico City, where she met a zapatero (shoemaker) and discovered his shoes handmade with love, dedication and attention to detail. When she moved to L.A. seven years ago, Valenzuela got the idea to start making shoes after finding a plethora of stilettos and a famine of finely crafted and comfortable shoes. Today, that …

Dorado Tacos and Cemitas

The joint effort of a former Californian and a Boston chef, the new taco spot James Ryang, for these pics) were invited to visit recently, we left longing for a similarly well-priced and delicious restaurant in NYC—no small compliment coming from a group with higher-than-average standards for tacos. Dorado takes its cues from Mexican street food and keeps the menu pretty simple, focusing on fish …